brunswick montessori children’s house

The vacant site (previously used for a special school) was flanked by Brunswick North West Primary School and was on the former path of the Moonee Ponds’ Creek.


Three parents who lived in the area formed the Victorian Montessori Development Group, they briefed Content Studio to masterplan a new two room kindergarten. Content Studio assisted in the funding process. Stage 1 was the design and construction of the first room.


The form and siting of the building maximised solar access to the classrooms and created a strong connection to the playground. The classroom design responded to the Montessori teaching program, including a child-scale kitchen where children could prepare lunch and snacks. Content Studio worked with landscape architect Katherine Rekaris on the design of the playground, which followed the pathway of the original creek bed, featuring a sand-play area, a native meadow and wet area plant species.