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Horizons Design

Design Approach

At Horizons Design, we create developmentally appropriate spaces and building elements for each age group and activity. We enhance programme quality by working with educators toward a shared philosophy regarding early childhood environments, and we maintain a strong working knowledge of codes, regulations, and standards. Our strong partnership with clients enables us to develop environments that meet their needs and incorporate unique elements of their organisations' cultures. We implement innovative pedagogical approaches supported by children's environments that provide spatial variety and rich sensory experience.

Cutting Edge of Design

At Horizons Design we receive feedback from the more than 200 programmes under our management. Our continually evolving design criteria and standards reflect the best practices in the field. Along with our collaboration with clients and child development experts, we also conduct Harvard University's A nnual Institute for Child Care Design and continue to expand our international practice and research.

Process Overview

Getting Started
  • Identify children's environment character/quality design goals
  • Conduct benchmarking visits to existing centre(s)
  • Assess site feasibility
  • Develop architectural programme
Conceptual Design
  • Create conceptual site planning (access, parking, play areas, orientation)
  • Develop conceptual functional space planning
  • Produce architectural building design concepts
Schematic Design/Design Development
  • Develop schematic design and explore project potential
  • Identify great space/great place opportunities
  • Refine building and site design
  • Provide documentation of design intent
Construction Documents
  • Develop and document building details
  • Verify safety and security elements
  • Implement cost-effective design solutions
  • Ensure accuracy and thoroughness
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Contact Us

Ireland Headquarters
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Suite 4, Plaza 212
Blanchardstown Corporate Park 2
Dublin, 15
Northants NN10 6BS
(p) 00353.18025140
(f) 00353.18991958


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