zones and flows

A multi-functional building

This building has a dual purpose – a kindergarten and a community building. Currently these come into conflict as the storage space is not sufficient for the current kindergarten’s needs. Kindergarten equipment is left in certain key zones or spaces, ie the entrance, the main space and the ancilliary space, and the patio area, which are also in regular use for community purposes. Feedback from users of the space refer to the building as feeling like a kindergarten and a frequent wish is that kindergarten equipment can be fully cleared from those key spaces.

Feedback from the new kindergarten teacher/manager is that the zones within the building are not ideal with the eating and activity zone, currently in the ancilliary space, too far from the kitchen resulting in being separate from the children. Also the open space of the main space causes children to run around in circles when they arrive and the teacher and assistants are welcoming the parents and children.

Routes to the building

A constant problem is that visitors park in the south car park, sometimes in spaces which are not for parking and sometimes in community member spaces, despite signs and reminders to park in the public car park on the other side of the community or in visitor spaces.

The small, winding paths within the community make it difficult for a visitor to find their way through. The fact this is a residential area means that some routes are preferable to others for visitors.

Information flow

There is currently no advertising of the availability for hire for the building.

Also there is a lack of awareness in Hoathly Hill Community about the hire agreements in regard to the building.

Key points of intervention

The entrance, main space and ancilliary spaces or zones in the kindergarten, as well as the parking and pathways to the kindergarten are key points of intervention and require no change to the building itself, rather the functions of the spaces or zones within the building and working with the routes and flows to the building. Increasing the awareness of the building within the local community is also key.