Fantails Childcare / Collingridge and Smith Architects

Fantails Childcare / Collingridge and Smith Architects

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  • Architect In Charge:Phil Smith
  • Design Team:Graham Collingridge, Grayson Wanda
  • Structural Engineers:McNaughton Consulting Engineers
  • M&E Consultant:Eco Designs Ltd.
  • Quantity Surveyor:Orion Projects
  • Lighting Consultant:Impact Lighting
  • Main Contractor:JoBrook Consulting
  • Selected Subcontractors And Suppliers:Landscape design and build - Natural Habitats; Furniture - Adorn Range designed by architect and manufactured by Starex
  • Client:Fantails
  • Contract Duration:8 months
  • Gross External Area:550m²
  • Total Cost:NZ $1.71 million including external works
  • City:Silverdale
  • Country:New Zealand
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Text description provided by the architects. The site for Fantails is located in a prominent position at the centre of a new subdivision of Auckland.

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The client wanted the building to be a bold architectural statement, clearly standing out from the typical houses and commercial buildings around.

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The triangular plan and elevation of the building are abstracted from the form of the fantail, a native NZ bird with a striking fanned tail, after which the Childcare is named.

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Viewed from the entrance, the striking roof form comes together to look like the fan of the fantail, whilst from each opposite corner, the form takes on a more nautical feel, looking like overlapping sails on a yacht, thereby recalling its location in the ‘city of sails’.

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Address:Silverdale, New Zealand

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Cite: "Fantails Childcare / Collingridge and Smith Architects" 24 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/460512/fantails-childcare-collingridge-and-smith-architects-casa> ISSN 0719-8884

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