Floor tile patterns provide visual cues and suggest programming choices – places for reading, play, tactile learning, tables etc.
Terry White, Partner and Tom Wilson, Associate Partner
The Kindergarten Classrooms were placed in the new building because their programming requirements are so different, with larger spaces and their own washrooms required. It was a client decision to install floor hydronic heating – which we could only do in the new building. It was also a client mandate to have all the Kindergarten Classrooms together, with grade level direct access to the parent drop off and play areas. Having them all in one wing fostered an important relationship with each other.
In the Kindergarten Classrooms themselves we used two types of windows: floor to ceiling windows, which provide volumes of light and great views to the outside; and long low windows that are student-centric and geared to the ergonomics of a child. Kids can sit on the sills to look out, whereas an adult would have to bend over to even look out these windows. Floor tile patterns provide visual cues and suggest programming choices – places for reading, play, tactile learning, tables etc. The use of colour on feature walls and defining the cubby space through variation in ceiling finishes adds visual flair.