MJP’s University of Warwick nursery is in ‘Good design – it all adds up’ – the RIBA’s new report promoting the value of architecture.
Designed by MJP Architects for 80 children on the Warwick University’s campus, the nursery and cafe pavilion succeeds in maximising the beauty of its setting, with full height windows providing views of the surrounding open landscape, its lake and wildlife.
MJP worked closely with the client to achieve her vision for a building that would offer children high-quality spaces with good natural light and ventilation, and easy, direct access to the external play areas.
The bright and spacious ‘home base’ areas are designed to easily sub-divide into smaller play zones, while a central ‘street’ provides a shared focus.
The flexible internal arrangement of the building allows the nursery to expand into the café for activities such as an after school club, while the café can be used independently for private parties.
The nursery pavilion and external play area are illustrated on the inside front cover of the RIBA’s ‘Good design – it all adds up’
The new RIBA publication ‘Good design – it all adds up’ aims to bring to light the true value of good architecture. To show how design that resolves problems and answers needs will pay for itself over a building’s lifetime the report summarises the research assessing the value of good design and includes case studies that provide the evidence of good practice.