Edmiston Jones

Early Start Facility & Children's Discovery Space

The Early Start Facility is located in the UOW Education Arts Precinct and consists of three levels of early childhood teaching and research spaces overlooking a central atrium which houses the Early Start Discovery Space.

Floor area

12,000 sq. m


University of Wollongong


21, 101 Ring Road, Keiraville, NSW

The Requirements

The main organisational element of the building is a two level internal ‘street’ which links the main entrances, the various split levels of the facility and integrates the Discovery Space galleries and activities at Ground Floor. The circulation areas at Level 1 and in the ‘street’ provide both formal and informal opportunities for observation, interaction and connectivity within the building.

The Solution / Outcomes

The refined external material selection responds to the already established aesthetic fabric of the campus with the positive addition of curtain wall glazing, glass and louvre sunscreening   brickwork and aluminium cladding. It further enhances the existing grain of the campus with the introduction of a timber clad wall which forms the spine of the internal “street” along with the implementation of brightly coloured interiors visible through the transparent façade which aid in creating an identity for Early Start.

Aesthetically pleasing spaces that inspire and support teaching, learning and research are design features both inside and outside Early Start’s main building.

Ian Brown & Pauline Lysaght, Associate Professors, Grand Designs for Learning | University of Wollongong (NSW Australia)
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