Kitchen Classroom | Berrima 2012

A heritage significant school in NSW's southern highlands provided the backdrop for this ambitious community project. Imagined by some motivated and enthusiastic community members, it commenced with a request for a kitchen classroom and dining space within an extremely tight set of financial restrictions.

Takt supported planning analysis over the whole school grounds to identify a suitable location, and this resulted in a kitchen area tucked under an existing roof, saving money, and a new dining pavilion to the north. This not only allowed winter solar access, but served to connect the open spaces in the school and provides a new focal point for the many public activities of the school.

Money was raised by the school community and the lion's share of the work was provided by donation, working bees or other generous grants, including the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, now taking the primary schools of Australia by storm.

With public hire of the space increasing, and children developing skills in school so connected to their immediate environment, this community building has provided a learning experience both unique to the school and with far reaching lessons.