Rooftop Nursery

Project Description

The Rooftop Nursery is a small local nursery facility in Hackney. It was designed by WHAT_architecture and built on a constricted site with an extremely limited budget in tight timescales. Simple, cheap materials were used wherever possible to meet the budget including exposed painted blockwork internally and externally.

The limited space was utilised to its best advantage by a lack of internal walls and the playground was situated on the roof. Sliding partitions divide the interior into 50 potential configurations, and the walls, instead of being covered in expensive linings, were brightly painted. The roof features the UK’s first granulated rubber roof so the children can play safely.

The scheme won one of the 14 National RIBA awards in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Prime Ministers Better Public Building Award.

Project Details

  • ADDRESSRooftop Nursery, Hackney
  • CLIENTHafiza Patel / The Learning Trust
  • ARCHITECTWHAT_architecture
  • ENGINEERSMichael Hadi Associates Ltd
  • CONTRACT SUM£315,000
  • COMPLETION DATE31/12/2007