design

Design rationale

Key findings from the observation and analysis stages

The key findings from the observation and analysis stageswere that we had a beautiful, ecological building going a long way to fulfilling the original intentions of the designer and community who were involved in its building, however there were some key points of intervention that might result in the building flourishing.

Key functions of the building are:

  • a purpose-built community building for educational, social and community events
  • a purpose-built kindergarten
  • an ecological building
  • financial stability.

Key points of intervention were:

  • safeguard the hire of building to a kindergarten and for educational, social and community events
  • increase awareness of the building’s availability for hire
  • improve the ecological impact of the building
  • redesign zones within and connections to the building
  • patio/garden refurbishment and redesign.

All these points of intervention would fulfill the functions of the building.

Key design principles were the focus on ‘flows’, the relative placement of the zones within the building and building connections between the building, its environment and people. Also key is the ecological impact of the building and making the ecology of the building visible for all users. Consultation with users was also a key part of the design. The design principles for creating an environment for children had already been part of the original design of the building and are the responsibility of the kindergarten teacher/manager’s design of the space, however this was taken into consideration for the design of the building zones and connections and the patio design.

This led to several distinct designs as well as the implementation and maintenance plan.