RTÉ is a semi-state company and the national public service broadcaster of the Ireland which produces programmes and broadcasts them on television, radio and the Internet. The crèche is located within the grounds of the famous Donnybrook studio campus and includes sleeping areas, laundry room and a covered play area. The single storey crèche building is capable of daytime care for up to 80 children.
It serves as the new creche entrance, while providing a covered play space to the rear. The metal clad pavilion, is set in juxtaposition to the decoratively detailed house, with a modern sharp aesthetic separated from the house by a glass link, allowing clear distinction between original fabric & modern intervention.
Learning spaces have been distributed among the two floors of the house; the younger children being located on the ground floor, with the older children on the first floor. The new 75m2 entrance pavilion to the northwest of the main house, creates a new bay to the house.
The interior design introduced the use of strong colour. Based on the orientation of the room, a colour: green, blue, yellow or orange, was chosen to set the tone for each learning space. Playful splashes of colour, between the soft birch joinery & surface finishes of the room, along with purpose designed wall graphics, create a unique sense of play for children.
The adaption & refurbishment of Montrose House, which is a 675m2 protected structure, involved re-imagining the 19th century Georgian house, to become the home of the RTE Creche.
The project included complete refurbishment, both externally & internally, along with the addition of a new entrance pavilion.