Drop-In Children's Center

A site plan for a 5,000 square foot Child CareCenter led to the design for this facility. An emphasis on child and adult scales has been applied throughout. Social spaces, courtyards and circulation are centered around the sky lit Large Motor Room. Adjacent functional and age-specific classrooms are immediately accessible in order to maximize the utility of each square foot.

Seeing, approaching and entering the Drop-In Center are all part of the daily routine for the child and the parent. The frequent experience of being trasported to and from this place introduces the child to various parts of the city. Once here, its curved wall, flanking wings, and pitched small roof embrace the child. Inside, the child experiences a microcosm of the city with its squares, streets, and parks.

Construction photos of the addition August 2005.