CA Technologies (formerly Computer Associates) Children’s Center is one of the largest Montessori centers for infants six weeks of age through kindergarten. The 53,000-square-foot center is complete with wading pool, a new 30,000-square-foot playground and additional classrooms.
The circular wading pool, topped by two skylights, anchors the corner and hints at the forms waiting inside.
Playfully executed with shapes reminiscent of Pre-K blocks, the circular natatorium is sheathed in aluminum and glass block. Providing translucent privacy, a series of rectangular windows with circular elements accent the curve, while natural light is freely available to the interior. Crowning the mini castle-like structure are two skylights in the form of a pyramid and barrel vault, rising directly above the two interior wading pools.