Our Beginning Annex

Windows into Curiosity and Care

Transforming a warehouse into a neighborhood childcare center

Our Beginning, a child daycare center in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, expanded its programming into a one-story masonry building adjacent to its main location. To meet the program’s educational needs and the energy and building code requirements, extensive work to the existing building was proposed. A new accessible ramp connects the sidewalk up a universally accessible outdoor play area designed by Site Workshop. Classrooms are adjacent to the play area for easy access.  Inside, guided by the daycare’s proud Reggio Emilia approach, an angled and gently curved hallway with a pattern of windows acts like a common street, with views into and thru the classroom spaces. Sustainability and a healthy environment are important components of the Our Beginning’s  values. The building uses bio based resilient flooring, aluminum windows and other natural materials into the design.



Location   Fremont, Seattle, WA
Status   Under Construction
Size   5,000 sf