“Through the design we are intentionally taking children out of their comfort zones and creating obstacles and challenges that will aid their learning and development,” Tezuka said of the centre’s design.
Tezuka said elements include sloped and inclined surfaces, designed to create “small inconveniences” and “simple challenges” for the children.
“These small difficulties are representative of the world outside the childcare centre, thereby helping prepare them as they grow,” he said.
“Inconvenience is very important. That is why we have the incline. Melbourne is not flat either so why should we design the school flat? We should provide an inconvenient slope… This is the preparation for the real world. It’s training.”
Wu and Kuo said the centre will accommodate up to 380 children and 100 staff.
“I wanted a big site to do something visionary,” Wu said. “Something that highlights our early childhood education philosophy.”
The pair currently operate 17 early learning facilities across Australia.
Last year Wu and Kuo sold nine childcare centres to Folkestone Education Trust, now the Charter Hall Education Trust, for $63 million in a sale-and-leaseback agreement.