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A confident new Auckland centre that resembles the New Zealand fantail

Fantails Childcare in the new Auckland sub-division of Silverdale does not shy away from the street. Rather it presents a bold "look at me" faceted glass facade, like that of the fantail from which it takes its inspiration.

Accommodating children aged six months to five years of age, Fantails designed by Collingridge and Smith, architects of the previously blogged and award-winning Te Mirumiru centre in Kawakawa is the third facility of its kind. Four intimate settings cater for 25 children (infants, toddlers, juniors and preschoolers) each.

Large windows (including clerestory) allow plenty of natural light to penetrate the internal spaces. While glass sliding doors on the northern side open up onto an outdoor landscaped play space, featuring both natural and man-made play elements including a fort and bike track.

The considered architectural design extends to the interior fit-out. Custom-designed child-scaled furniture and flexible storage modules allows the space to be broken up into a number of functional zones. 

The splayed triangular plan cleverly negotiates the relatively small site, splitting the space equally into parking, indoor classrooms and services and outdoor play. The centre bravely stands as a welcoming addition to a new Auckland suburb, providing an iconic symbol for the community.

Via Collingridge and Smith Architects and Local Matters.


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