In Los Angeles, Perkins&Will’s Nest fashions a nurturing environment for young children

There’s an easy charm to the Nest, an early childhood center in downtown Los Angeles. The local office of Perkins&Will has imbued a sense of play into every facet of its design, from the beachy colors on the exterior to the indelibly scaled built-ins that give the interior spaces definition.

Retooling a multipurpose room once used for church gatherings, the architects exposed the structure’s high ceilings and removed partition walls. They also opened up the facades on either side of a semi-enclosed courtyard, which had previously been marred by window grills. New window units and glazed doors were put in and the inner building envelope was given a spruced-up color

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