Lily Pad Day Care, Alexandria, VA
Like its name, Lily Pad Day Care, this LEED Gold Certified space provides a calm, nurturing, atmospheric environment which encourages children’s imagination, learning, uniqueness and growth. Inspired by the center’s name and educational mission, the design team created a distinct aquatic and nature design theme which is prominently featured throughout the space. Natural materials such as bamboo, wood, and sea grass are utilized throughout the design, as well as organic forms, cool hues of blue and green, and recognizable marine-life imagery such as water, waves, fish, and aquatic plants. The 4,300 square foot space includes a reception area, four classrooms, director’s office, pantry, restrooms, and outdoor playground. The challenge was met by creating linear, interconnecting spaces.