Muskoka Falls Elementary

 / Daycare


Terry White, Tom Wilson / + VG Architects

Muskoka Falls Elementary
Lorem Caption School #3

The windows dramatically enhance the feeling of connection with the outdoors and helps children orient themselves.

Terry White, Partner

The Muskoka Falls Daycare is privately operated by the YMCA. It’s a 1200 sq ft fun, healthy place to be. This self-contained space with access to an outside play area is located on the south west corner of the building and offers parents private access. Parent confidence, which makes the teachers’ jobs easier, is realized with a well planned chain of custody design; there’s a direct connection from parent to the secure play yard and on into the daycare.

The corner of windows brings in a lot of ambient natural light for the children. The windows dramatically enhance the feeling of connection with the outdoors and helps children orient themselves.

While we have to protect the children, we did not want to wall them off from the beautiful outdoors; our solution is the glass corner that dramatically connects the children with the outside. The large window size and corner location offers a grand view of the swaying trees, especially if you’re 3 feet tall. It calms the children while filling the daycare space with healthy daylight for their growing bodies.

The daycare operators needed shelf space so we gave them significant wall area. However, they didn’t need wall space high up so we innovated by placing windows above the needed area, increasing the daylight.

As you move away from the corner, we lowered the ceiling to create a more intimate area of the room. We repeated the natural wood employed in the library to soften the environment and to make a strong link to the natural world outside.