The project is situated in the rural setting of Mullumbimby and comprises a new build Kindergarten and Pre-school and an element of civil drainage and carpark works.
The intent of the design was to maximise open plan learning, views to surrounding mountains and the use of natural construction materials. A strong case for sustainable, energy efficient design was incorporated as a long term ‘value-add’ exercise by procuring local materials, featuring extended eaves, high ceilings with louvered windows and light weight cladding/insulation suitable for the immediate climate.
Manta ray shape roof feature
Strong elements to both buildings were a ‘flowing’ roof line to depict the wings of a Manta Ray (local to the Byron shire). Skilled local carpentry contractors were able to combine the use of structural steel and exposed native hardwoods to frame the roof line with seamless detailing. Hardwood window and door joinery, feature timber panelling and solid timber flooring added to the robust and natural look of both buildings.
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