A striking childrens' centre that breaks new ground in the design of nursery facilities
The Fawood Childrens' Centre in Harlesden, North London, provides a delightful safe environment for pre school children within a spectacular new building on the Stonebridge estate. Alsop Design has created an intriguing and imaginative community resource by designing the Centre as a vast shed-like enclosure encompassing brightly coloured classroom units interspersed with protected external play areas. Recycled prefabricated three-storey sea containers, resembling giant children’s building blocks, have been specially adapted, decorated and fitted out to provide the necessary indoor play and teaching areas. A Mongolian Yurt provides supplementary indoor space, while adding richness, colour and delight. The design promotes complete integration of indoor and outdoor environments.