A re-modelling of a greenfield agricultural site creates nursery provision for 80 children aged 6 months to 5 years in stunning Northumberland farmland.
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view © Kristen McCluskie
▼项目概览，overview © Kristen McCluskie
Given its sensitive context it was necessary for the building to merge into the landscape and reflect the rural aesthetic of the surrounding agricultural vernacular. The building is arranged to frame the scenery while providing generous internal spaces and exterior play areas for. The scale and form aim to break up the mass to reduce the impact on the green belt and capitalise on solar gain and natural ventilation.
▼户外游乐场，outdoor playground © Kristen McCluskie
▼木制栅栏将不同年龄层的游乐区域分隔开来，wooden fences separate play areas for different ages © Kristen McCluskie
The crisp volumes are clad in carefully detailed natural materials that complement the rural setting while remaining contemporary. Ecological performance is enhanced by sustainable technologies including photovoltaic panels, rainwater capture and a MVHR ventilation system. The building and site layout is befitting of its context and reduces impact on the openness of the green belt.
▼从牧场看向轻盈的建筑体量，view from the pasture towards the light volume © Kristen McCluskie
▼建筑既与乡村环境相得益彰，又保持了十足的现代感，the building is designed to complement the rural environment while maintaining a modern feel © Kristen McCluskie
▼光伏板、雨水收集和MVHR通风系统共同提高了建筑的生态性能，photovoltaic panels, rainwater collection, and MVHR ventilation systems all work together to improve the building’s ecological performance © Kristen McCluskie
The notion of house & home led the design to develop the formal concept around a series of nursery ‘houses’, each forming a space for the individual age groups. The new build part of the development is thus conceived as a cluster of three houses with children progressing gradually through the spaces as they grow up. The existing topography and new planting helps screen the major new build elements from view and the overall layout allows the nursery spaces to continue to have a connection to a protected shared south facing garden.
▼如家般温暖的室内空间，home-like interior space © Kristen McCluskie
▼不同年龄阶段的儿童拥有独立的活动空间，children of different ages have independent spaces © Kristen McCluskie
▼婴幼儿空间，infant area © Kristen McCluskie
The project is currently one of only 6 buildings shortlisted for recognition in the RIBA North East Awards.
▼天顶和灯具细节，ceiling and lights detail © Kristen McCluskie
▼厨房和卫生间，kitchen and toilet © Kristen McCluskie
▼家具细部，furniture detail © Kristen McCluskie
▼夜幕时分，at night © Kristen McCluskie