St Jude’s Early Childhood Learning Centre was after an inspiring building to reflect their contemporary educational thinking. They needed two classrooms and a separate play area, specially designed for young children.
Exceptional staggered, offset and multi-coloured brickwork makes the building very distinguished, along with the use of coloured glass, prominent window shapes and internal timber fitout.
The large windows are thermally broken and double glazed, allowing an immense amount of natural light in without the harsh UV heat or cold winter winds.
The landscape is waterharvested, meaning water can be capture and contained beneath the ground for plants to use at leisure. This is essential in the hot Canberra summer and ensures low maintenance all year round. Having a secure garden to learn about nature and get back to the roots is such an important part of childhood and compliments St Jude’s play-based curriculum. Local glass artist, Elizabeth Kelly from Tangerine Glass Studio, was able to contribute to helping St Jude’s Early Childhood Learning Centre a beautiful environment for both the students and teachers.