The Centre replaced an existing, inadequate nursery building and provides an innovative flagship facility for around 60 children up to five years old, and reinforces Edinburgh City Council's commitment to the inner city by providing day care facilities close to the workplace.
The constraints of the site demanded an inventive solution. The four classrooms, administrative facilities and meeting rooms are simply organised by a connecting circulation 'room' that maximises internal flexibility for the teaching staff.
The distinctive patinated zinc curved rear wall and large-scale angular roof lights bring natural light deep into the building.
The judges said:
"A delightful project on a constricted site."