Alexandra Rd, Ringwood East, Victoria, 3135
A crucial point to the design was the strong sustainability concept that the school already had, so reclaimed, recycled and locally sourced materials were used whenever it was possible. The landscape design offers a range of hybrid elements for children and community integration, connected to the indoor classrooms.
The development of the school grounds in Eastwood Primary School integrates a range of multipurpose equipments that can be used as play or active spaces, for both community engagement and student interaction and learning opportunities.
The Outdoor Kitchen is equipped with Earthen Wood Fired Oven as a teaching space and opportunity for children to hone their cooking skills. The alfresco dining area, created from recycled tyres and timber, provides an area for social interaction and communal eating.
The inclusion of the creek system works as a natural drainage of the storm water, which allows that a functional element to be used as an interactive equipment. This creek and wetland system offers a unique learning opportunit.
Chicken Coop is an opportunity for children to interact with chickens and learn about self-sufficiency and food production.
Circular Decking platform a meeting place designed to encourage group activity and discussion.
Water play pump the terraced rock platform area includes a manually operated water pump. As students operate the hand pump a stream of water makes its way along the top of wall, before spilling off the end and into a hidden underground storage tank ready for re-circulation.
Exercise station with water play pump stationary bikes are placed within a timber boardwalk, and offer a fun way to exercise and stretch the legs during recess. The nearby sand pit, surrounded by terraced platforms, includes a manually operated water pump, which builds strength and fitness, and gives opportunities for wet sand play.
Outdoor class room a timber structure, constructed from vertical recycled railway sleepers, surrounds a round central table and offers an outdoor class room area and an alternative space to meet and play. This structure is multi-functional, offering an area for propagation, where students can gather seedlings and cuttings from the surrounding raised veggie garden beds.
The finished landscape successfully creates a fully interactive outdoor play space, where students can learn, explore and engage with the natural environment.