Promoting learning, curiosity & adventure through melding pedagogy and design

Guardian Early Learning Child Care Centres

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Guardian Eary Learning Group
639 Wickham Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
June 2016
Interior Architecture Services

1536m² NLA


Integrating Early Learning Centres within new & existing Commercial Office Buildings.

BVN are working with Guardian to create three new childcare centres within existing commercial buildings. The first of these centres to be completed is at 639 Wickham Street.
The centre uses the idea of ‘City as a Project and the Project as a City’ as its strategic framework to support the social, emotional, cognitive and physical  development of children in an urban context.

Guardian Early Learning Centres follow the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. We have collaborated with the Centre to meld pedagogical strategy with design to a comfortable and stimulating environment for the children to learn through experience.


Brief Elements

  • Indoor play
  • Simulated Indoor/Active play
  • Outdoor Play
  • Staff Support Spaces
  • Cot Rooms
  • Quiet Areas
  • Back of House Staff and office areas
  • Wet Areas
  • Water Play


  • The design approach enables and supports environments of rich & diverse character with the flexibility to be continually adapted as the learning practices evolve
  • A hierarchy of ‘streets’ and ‘lanes’, ‘public’ and ‘private’ spaces, uniting the centre through a legible circulation system where incidental as well as planned interactions occur
  • Design fosters connectivity to Brisbane city’s context including historic buildings of varying shapes & forms, rivers & bridges & parks & recreational areas.


Project Manager
Norman Disney & Young (NDY)
Hydraulics Engineers
Lat 27
Landscape Architects
VOS Group Pty Ltd
Services Consultant
The Mack Group
Kitchen Consultants
Knisco Development Solutions Pty Ltd
Building Certifier