Coober Pedy Preschool Services
The scheme was for a single building, comprising seven modular units assembled off site, and connected on site; located to enable continued use of the existing buildings until the new one was fully functioning; and providing a new play facility in conjunction with the new building.
Internally spaces and functionality were driven by the plan form, which was tailored to suit the off-site prefabrication. Activity areas are open spaces connecting directly with the “surrounding” functions of Kitchen, wet areas, offices, ablutions spaces, and stores.
The built form disguised the “modular” arrangement, displaying instead, a highly articulated form with rhythmic angled blades denying summer solar access to the west and street facing elevation; while enabling desert bird colours elevating the building to a “light and colourful” identifiable unit.
The flat roof is concealed from view by parapets which serve to “square the form” delivering a geometric solution. Shade structures in conjunction with the roofed outdoor areas provide protection to glazing, play areas, and access ways.
The landscape, designed by TCL bringing encourages a variety of activities with both obvious and subtle learning benefits while “extending” the connectivity with the building and adding visual relief to internal activities.
Coober Pedy Area School, SA
Daniel Schumann (Energy Architecture)