Agar Children’s Centre
London borough of Camden
- Civic Trust Award Special Recognition, 2010
- Camden Building Quality Award, 2009
- Shortlisted for the BCSE Industry Award for Inspiring Design, 2009
The community block is at the front of the site and is nicknamed the “Avocado”. The day care is at the rear and is nicknamed the “horseshoes”. The initial design brief centred on Reggio Emilia principles of educating. The “avocado” being very much about form and material has a secure brink frontage protecting the young users in the day-care. Glazed bricks are scattered into the elevation together with colourful window surrounds, creating a playful effect. The “horseshoe” is more tectonic and offers clarity of structure with exposed timber visible internally and externally. This element wraps around the back of the avocado and accommodates the day care learning spaces linked via an interactive circulation space. The new centre has a strong green agenda incorporating a green roof. The centre formed part of Open House in 2010.
Photographs by Dennis Gilbert