Bridge Road Children’s &
Bridge Road, Melton, VIC
2015 Victorian Chapter Learning Environments Australasia Annual Awards:
WINNER – Landscaping/Outdoor Learning Area
2015 Sustainability Awards:
FINALIST – Landscape Design
Bridge Road Children’s and Community Centre creates a welcoming, natural environment for the provision of childcare, maternal health, and community services. The centre aims to contribute to the well-being of the local Melton South Communities and designing with sustainable principles assists in reaching this goal. Internally, the functions of the centre are entwined around a rammed earth spine wall which runs the full length of the building. Indoor-outdoor play and colonisation of the exterior space is facilitated via direct large sliding door connection between each childcare room and the outdoor play areas.
The landscape design by Ochre Landscape aims to provide creative and sustainable external spaces combining the principles of both natural and structured play. A large portion of the time spent at kinder is outdoor play and therefore the long term success of the centre equally lies with the success of the building and the landscape.