The opportunity to create a new early education centre in an historic mansion inspired all of us.

Lois MorganBecome.
Community + Education
Completed 2022

Orange Early Education & Care

Embracing the past to guide a new generation

Gowrie NSW is an NFP providing diverse education and care, family support and professional development services to the early and middle childhood sectors. They have a history of creating unique centres that provide innovative spaces for kids to grow to their full potential through encouraging a sense of wonder and experimentation.

When they asked us to design a new centre for them in Orange housed within ‘Newstead’ an historic, heritage listed 1890’s mansion house, we knew we needed to create a space that reinvigorated the rich history of the building with their contemporary approach to education.

We created a centre where the children can enjoy large outdoor spaces that celebrate the beautiful historical trees. Inside, a variety of rooms allow focus on small group experiences in spaces highlighted with historical features. Central to the plan is an indoor ‘piazza’ dining area located adjacent to the kitchen where children can help with the preparation of meals and engage in cooking.

The design enables extensive natural light and fresh air throughout the building and each of the classrooms has direct access to an outdoor play space which uses natural materials and soft colourings. This approach supports Gowrie’s commitment to a calm learning environment.