SPH architecture + interiors are working with owners and sisters Sam and Angela of Keiki Early Learning centres to develop an old warehouse space into an early learning centre in Edgewater.
SPH architecture + interiors understand their clients’ specific operational model and how they would like to work within the space while upcycling a warehouse to meet the induvial needs and providing solutions.
Keiki Edgewater Early Learning warehouse conversion project has seen SPH Architecture & Interiors working with Ballpoint Construction, Apil Group and Keiki Early Learning.
The building contains 5 large playrooms with direct access to the outdoors. The design also features a purpose designed art room, sensory rooms and dining room. The building can accommodate 120 children from ages 0 -5.
The exterior has had a large portion of the existing roof sheeting removed to create a purpose-built natural outdoor space designed for play-based learning, within secure and safe surrounds.
Enhancing the connection to nature was a key concept when designing the internal and external spaces also increasing the natural light into the existing building by adding additional glazing.
SPH are creating an uplifting environment for children, educators and staff.
The exterior play space has been designed with a large amount of shaded/covered veranda space, which allows for outdoor play experiences all year round.
The inside interior colour pallet draws inspiration from nature and uses natural elements, warm colour pallet of light timbers, coastal textures and a small amount of black, featured in the window frames and cabinet handles for added contrast. Featured timber-screens were incorporated throughout the design, located between art room and play space the timber screen also serves a functional purpose, allowing visual connection between rooms for staff.
A ‘Connected Kitchen’ has direct access to one of the playrooms and a designated space for children to enjoy the dining experience.
At Keiki Early Learning, we firmly believe that the environment is the ‘third’ teacher (family and educators being the first and second). The physical environment should not be backdrop to the curriculum but rather is part of the program. Keiki Edgewater has been designed to incorporate natural materials throughout, including beautiful outdoor gardens featuring wooden climbing structures and an all-seasons adventure playground. It will provide countless opportunities for open-ended play and learning to suit different abilities and interests. – Samantha Morrell, Owner, Keiki Early Learning