LIMINAL ARCHITECTURE | inspiring engagement and creativity in education
Posted 17 December 2020
LIMINAL Architecture’s latest collaborative project with Dominic College, the Kinder to Year 2 Precinct, acknowledges children's play and exploration as fundamental to cognitive development.
The precinct enhances the College’s Reggio Emilio inspired play-guided and inquiry-based approach to learning. Adventure-style learning spaces offer the versatility required to support a diverse range of learning and engagement functions.
The school’s siting and layout is informed by its context and inspired by the palawa kani animal names used for the children’s year groups. Influenced by the First Tasmanians’ cultural connection to place, metaphorical reference is made to the use of possum skins used to carry the young. The idea of ‘cloaking’ as a way of nurturing and protecting has inspired the ‘knitting’ together of the buildings, with the roof forms suggesting an undulating patchwork that provides protection and intimacy.
The forms resonate with the protective ‘wrapped in country’ symbolism that possum skins traditionally provided, ensuring the new building has been shaped by the school community and its natural environment.