A daycare facility required a branding and interior design concept to match the company aims.
The client brief was:
• This build will redefine the accepted normal standards of (Early Learning Centres) ELCs in Australia, by bringing new imagination and life to their functional interior environments.
• It will provide a space for children to flourish, whilst providing professional kitchens, bathrooms, and staff areas.
• The Project recognizes the need for implementing environmentally sustainable design. It acknowledges the importance of client and staff safety, ergonomics, and happiness.
In answer to this I developed
“Bright Futures – A World of Experiences”.
The scope of the project included:
• Children’s play zones
• Children’s group/gathering zones
• Children’s locker/shelving areas
• Children’s bathrooms and change areas
• Children’s rest areas/cots etc
• Area for infants/babies to safely play/be monitored
• Staff amenities
• New furniture, both bought and custom made
• Catering kitchen and designated eating area for children
The concept can be seen in this Mood Board with the dragonfly logo representing the fluttering and hovering energy of under six year olds, as well as harking to the fact the centre is designed for maximum amount of surveillance and vision (dragonflies have 360 degree vision).
The specific interior design ideas are presented in the Interiors Board where you can see the creative spaces for children’s imaginations to flourish in, whilst maintaining staff surveillance and safety for all. The colours are drawn from the Australian landscape whilst use of the company dragonfly motif can be found on the unbreakable safety glass.
The Materials Board features sustainable material choices for the interior structure and furniture selection, thus fulfilling an important part of the brief. Cork floors, furniture made from reconstituted plastic, areas created out of recycled timber, and vertical grass walls feed the imagination and are materials suitable for a centre that prides itself in creating Bright Futures for its occupants.
The success of the project can be measured by the creation of an interior space that inspires and that impresses both clients and staff – as well as furthering the health and happiness of the attending children.