Lady Gowrie Tasmania Integrated Centre for Children & Families



Lady Gowrie Tasmania Integrated Centre for Children & Families


This project responds to an integrated model of child care, education and community, creating flexible indoor and outdoor play spaces and blurring the boundaries of age to create a play terrain across an inner-city industrial site. The project rehabilitated a brownfield site previously occupied by a mechanics workshop, of which the raw materiality, utilitarian scale and residual automotive insignia has been playfully incorporated into the final design.

Various functions are collected around the vertical circulation and breakout spaces, encouraging informal encounters and fostering learning opportunities for both children and adults. Formally, this is characterised by voids that allow views and passive observation, provide changing light conditions and incorporate tiered seating and flexible working environments. The entry, conceived as an elevated timber volume cantilevered over a concrete core, was designed to weather with time and, like the warehouse before, to be robust enough to proudly wear its use.


Cumulus Studio

Practice Team

Director and principal architect – Peter Walker

Director and principal architect – Todd Henderson

Architect – Elizabeth Walsh

Architect – Chris Roberts

Architect – Andrew Geeves

Interior designer – Samantha Beavis

Designer – Jo Churchill


Builder – Fairbrother

Building surveyor – Green Building Surveying

Landscape consultant – Playstreet

Structural, civil and hydraulic engineers  – Aldanmark Consulting Engineers

Mechanical and electrical engineers – TBS Engineering

ESD consultant – RED Energy Consultants

Traffic engineers – pitt&sherry

Artwork – Judith Abell

Graphic design – Futago

Photographer – Nina Hamilton






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