Sculptform East Sydney Early Learning

East Sydney Early Learning Centre

An urban design solution which creates a unique space by combining existing areas.

Integrating a playground, a four-story 1920s industrial building and a laneway was never going to be an easy task – However Andrew Burges Architects have combined all three into the new East Sydney Early Learning Centre. The outstanding design of the East Sydney Early Learning centre has earned Andrew Burges Architects the World Architecture Festival Award in the Schools category, an award well deserved by this creative masterpiece.

Product

Click-on Battens

Materials

Spotted Gum
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Sculptform East Sydney Early Learning
Sculptform East Sydney Early Learning

Urban Inspiration

Nestled in the bustling Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst, The East Sydney Early Learning Centre replicates its surroundings, albeit in a much smaller way. Drawing inspiration from its urban surroundings, the building itself uses miniature houses or ‘pods’ to divide the large open spaces of the 4-story building. Each pod looks and feels like a cubby house, delighting pupils and parents alike. While the pods are the main attraction, the seamless integration of separate areas is where the true genius lies.

The three main components of the East Sydney Early Learning Centre are the building itself, the John Birt Memorial Playground, and Berwick Lane which connects them. The architects overhauled all three areas and joined them all through the use of a ‘treehouse bridge’.

Sculptform East Sydney Early Learning

A whole greater than the sum of its parts

The treehouse bridge stretches from the playground, over the laneway and into the centre itself. Using Sculptform’s Click-on batten System in Spotted Gum as the screening, the bridge is a perfect example of form and function. The screening provides safety for children running to and from the playground, while still allowing natural light through. The locally sourced Spotted Gum is perfectly suited to this application, providing the desired aesthetic while being extremely durable.

Click-on Battens also surrounds the playground, as well as the undercover ceilings in external areas. Andrew Burges Architects maintained the ‘tactile play’ theme of the space by incorporating existing trees into the architecture. The Click-on Batten system is designed to allow for penetrations such as these with minimal fuss. The 32x32mm Spotted Gum battens with a 20mm spacing give the ceiling areas a natural feel, matching the natural foliage in the area.

Sculptform East Sydney Early Learning
Sculptform East Sydney Early Learning
Specification Information
Product Sculptform Click-on Battens
Material Timber
Species Spotted Gum
Profile 32x32mm Block
Spacing 20mm
Coating Clear Oil
Mounting Track Standard Curving
Acoustic Backing No

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Sculptform East Sydney Early Learning

Project Summary

Architect

Andrew Burgess Architects

Completion Date

2016

Builder

Belmadar Constructions

Location

Sydney, NSW

Photographer

Peter Bennetts

Sector

Education

modern suspended ceiling

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