Healthy Buildings: light, landscape, timber and breathing construction
by Malcolm Fraser, Architect
The nursery at Edinburgh University?s King?s Buildings campus is designed around the ?free-play? concept, which helps develop children's confidence, independence and creativity. Three ?age group? playrooms are joined together by a single-storey building, with a large roof light offering views up to the tree canopy above. There is a first floor area for offices, staff and a family room. Each of the three playrooms opens out to the covered terrace, to allow outdoor time for the children, and then out into three distinct garden spaces.
A Cross-Laminated Timber structure provides the perfect combination of creating a warm, tactile interior, whilst also using a natural, sustainable product that could structurally achieve the clear roof volumes.
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