Public Projects — Waranara Early Learning Centre

Waranara Early Learning Centre

  • Shortlisted in World Architecture, Future Public Commercial 2016
  • Australian Interior Design Awards 2018 - Shortlisted Public Design
City of Sydney
SDA Structures
Brett Boardman


  • Featured in ArchitectureAU, September 2015
  • Featured in Architecture & Design, “Renowned architects transform former Sydney hospital into community facilities”, May 2014.
  • Featured in the Daily Telegraph, “Green Square Childcare Centre is first of six new inner city facilities planned to ease shortage”, July 2014.
  • Featured in Architecture & Design, “Rework begins: Old Green Square hospital becomes Child Care Centre”, September 2015.
  • Featured in Architecture Au, February 2018 "Fox Johnston-designed childcare centre opens in disused Sydney hospital"
  • Artichoke, September 2018 "Waranara Early Learning Centre"
  • Featured on ArchitectureAU, January 2019: "A child’s castle: Waranara Early Learning Centre"

Fox Johnston won a Design Tender, along with Stutchbury Architects, Choi Ropiha Fighera Architects and landscape architect Craig Burton, to renew the heritage-listed former Royal South Sydney Hospital nurses’ quarters and outpatients’ and administration buildings. The reworking of the old hospital facility retains the integrity of the existing building and reveals its bones, then adds a light-filled contemporary wing and a wrap around external verandah to connect seamlessly to the new outdoor playspace.
This early learning centre will cater for up to 74 children aged from 6 weeks to 6 years in the rapidly evolving inner city Green Square Town Centre.

A range of reuse and sustainability measures have been incorporated including passive solar and ventilation design through orientation; reuse of demolished brickwork in recycled paving; hydronic floor heating; heat-recovery air conditioning system; an 8kw solar array system; rainwater collection tanks and bicycle storage.