This project is an adaptive reuse of a former house and designated heritage building. The challenge with this project was marrying the requirements of the new program while simultaneously honoring and preserving the history of the existing architecture and interior spaces. The program included three Pre-School rooms and three Toddler Rooms. The existing building footprint did take up a signifi cant portion of the useable site, however we were able to layout an appealing and successful outdoor playspace as part of the overall design package.
The Precious Pearls Daycare employs the Montessori approach in it’s teachings, which emphasizes independance and freedom of movement. As much as was possible we were able to inject this ideaology into the classrooms and surrounding support spaces.
The interior layouts aimed to encourage the student choice of activity, and the fi nishes adhered to the Montessori tradition, favouring natural materials. This was supplemented with bold colour
selections and graphic elements.