INTERIOR DESIGN by Rugile Maruskiene


St. Matthew's Nursery Design

Year 2011. Saint Matthew's Nursery is part of a larger school and is located in a separate building on the site. There are two reception classes and one nursery class for 3-5 year-old children. There is a small office corner incorporated between the two reception classes to enable the staff to prepare necessary paperwork; the main office is located in a separate building.

When designing this nursery I had a chance to analyse the requirements and regulations for young children's design, and have developed a greater understanding of children's needs. I completed feasibility study for this project. Apart from many other interior design decisions I had to solve tight space issues, reconsider areas for each activity, choose child friendly materials and furniture as well as design my own pieces of furniture, solve lighting issues. I used Floatex as a floring material and designed different patterns from it defining separate activity areas. Shelve unit that looks like a tree "drops" a "shadow" on the floor also designed from Floatex in reading area. The projecting windows I designed complete the task for a protective and cosy nook to snugle into. One of the other tasks was to make a welcoming cloakroom from a small, existing one- this was important when considering a space where children are temporarily separated from their parents. My main aim was to make a sophisticated and welcoming nursery where children would enjoy staying, playing and learning.

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