Harvard Childcare Center

This project creates a new outdoor discovery and play space for a childcare center. Two existing mature maples shade and shelter the hidden courtyard, framed by two 4-story buildings. The new play space is organized into linear bands of use: The Hamlet (for up to age 2), The Garden, Climbing + Riding, The Main Stage, The Village, and The Grove.  A 200-foot long trellis system lines the building to the east, providing storage spaces, seating nooks, and a consistent edge to what is currently a disorganized building façade. The outdoor rooms allow for a variety of uses: both directed educational programs and highly valued unstructured free play. Throughout the space, design cues are taken from woodland nature play spaces.

Project by G2 Collaborative