The Pier+Garden Nursery sits on a narrow beach in Donaghadee, bordered by the coast’s rocky shoreline and the town’s main motorway. Due to its prime location at the entrance to the town, I designed it to double as a community garden with an extruded platform for viewing the Irish Sea. Each classroom in the nursery has immediate access to outdoor play areas to enrich children’s learning and also as a fire safety strategy. Natural lighting and ventilation are optimised throughout the building’s sprawling form. The skylights also function as benches on the rooftop which contains a garden and a green house.