Creating a comfortable yet stimulating space for children has become an essential focus for child care centres, and Takanini Child and Family Center is no exception.
“We had a group come in to look around over the weekend and found the sound quality within the room exceptional” – Karen Shields, Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association.
Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association and Frans Kamermans of Kamermans & Co Architects teamed up to create and design a centre for not only children, but the whole family to enjoy.
The brief for the project was sustainability and presenting it in an aesthetic and educational way. From the angle of the eaves to make the most of the low winter sun, to the exposed water tanks and solar panels, children will learn what it is to be green and the ways in which their centre contributes to that.
From Autex, both Composition Acoustic Fabric and Cube were used to enhance the acoustic properties of the centre. In the colours Acros and Zenith, a checker board pattern was created using Cube to form the ceiling. Karen Shields, Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association’s general manager, found that the colours were playful enough for the kids to enjoy but mellow enough to be used within the offices.
The choice in colour was very important to the centre as studies have shown how colours can affect children’s learning. With the calming nature of green, the CubeT in Pistachio also provided creative elements to the counselling rooms and offices in the family centre.
The lively CubeT ceiling was complimented by feature walls to match in Lime Composition Acoustic Fabric. To not evade or distract from the children’s work, Composition® Acoustic Fabric in Myst and Porcelain was also used on remaining walls allowing unlimited space for art and inspiration.
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