Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Dubai

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Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Dubai

Education Architecture in UAE – Design by Godwin Austen Johnson Architects

30 Sep 2016

Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Dubai

Design: Godwin Austen Johnson Architects

Location: Dubai, UAE

GAJ delivers new Ladybird Early Learning Centre

Ladybird Early Learning Centre

From the outset both the design team and client agreed that the major inspiration for the design of the Ladybird Early Learning Centre should inspire young minds through the creative use of natural light, views, internal and external spatial sequences. In keeping with this, and the LEED Gold aspiration, the team created a simple contemporary structure that responds to the site and environment in a holistic approach.

Ladybird Early Learning Centre

The building comprises three primary wings radiating from a central heart containing the reception, a café for parents to congregate and internal play areas. Two of these wings contain classrooms with the third allocated for offices, administration and an employee area.

Ladybird Early Learning Centre

All classrooms facing onto the courtyard have large glazed screens that open onto shaded play decks that further blurs the distinction between inside and out encouraging the children learn through exploration.

Ladybird Early Learning Centre

Internal gardens with bi-fold doors allow for seamless integration between internal and external spaces. In the cooler months these expand the potential play area for the pupils.

This interior landscape was designed to enable pupils to learn by discovery and exploration. Internal streets with road markings and roundabouts, and even a duck pond, are punctuated with houses between each open classrooms to represent an exterior landscape which can only be accessed in the winter months. The houses double as bathrooms, storage and washing facilities for both children and adults. Each of the age groups is represented by a different colour of ladybird to delineate departments. The interior is also linked directly with the exterior landscape both visually and physically flooding the central spaces with light.

The building is orientated to minimise solar gain and provide easy flow of traffic from the surrounding road system. A simple palette of white render and coloured ceramic tiles was used in conjunction with coloured features to aid location of entrances and wayfinding. Colourful signage increase the visual presence of the school along the key transport routes.

Ladybird Early Learning Centre

Ladybird Early Learning Centre – Building Information

Completed: 2016
Location: Dubai
Project type: school
The design team: Jason Burnside and Kathryn Brown, Raina Viegas and Avinash Kumar of Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ)

Ladybird Early Learning Centre

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