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Posts tagged as 'Kindergarten'

Mon 23.4.

Mirror House by MLRP (DK)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 23.04.2012 - Tagged as: , , , , , ,

Mirror House by MLRP; photo by Stamers Kontor

As part of the new Interactive Playground Project in Copenhagen, an American-Danish architectural practice MLRP have converted a disused, dilapidated structure into this striking playground pavilion by cladding its gables and shutters with highly reflective mirror polished stainless steel. Completed in 2011, the renovation transformed the previously nondescript, unusable building into ‘Mirror House’ which is now used by kindergarten classes. In order to improve the energy efficiency of the structure, insulation values, sun shading, heating, ventilation and lighting systems have also been upgraded. (more…)

Mon 12.9.

Kindergarten V Guntramsdorf by g.o.y.a. (AT)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 12.09.2011 - Tagged as: , ,

Kindergarten V Guntramsdorf by g.o.y.a. ; photo by Kurt Hörbst

The Vienna-based practice g.o.y.a. – Group of young architects – has recently completed this 730-square-meters kindergarten located in the Austrian town of Guntramsdorf. Harmoniously situated amidst a vividly green copse of chestnut trees, the ‘building is organised as a series of structures, each connected visually with the trees.’ (more…)

'Family Box' by crossboundaries architects, photo by Chaoying Yang

crossboundaries architects is a young, Berlin and Beijing based team of international architects, established in 2005. Recently they completed this play school in Beijing, located at the outer corner of a park, placed in a natural environment. The building is a mixure of an indoor playground and a kindergarten for children up to twelve years old and hosts different kinds of activities – from swimming, playing games to various classes ranging from music, dancing, crafting to cooking.

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'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

Neckar-Odenwald County entrusted the local Ecker Architkten with the realisation of a new quickly and economical to built Kindergarten for children with physical or developmental handicaps.

'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

Here is what the architects explain:

“Four repetitive modules form the building. Each of these units contains two group classrooms and a small therapy room. Large roof overhangs shade group rooms in the summer months and allow outdoor play on exterior terraces in poor weather.

The units are radially distributed about an atrium- the largest single space in the school. This flexible meeting room serves as a circulation zone, an indoor playing field, a communal dining hall, and the place where each child begins and ends his or her school day. The size of the atrium also permits joint group activities and celebrations, fulfilling a vital part of the school’s educational mission first thought beyond the budget of the project.”

'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

“This center is naturally illuminated and ventilated by four prominent roof monitors – the so-called ‘jester’s cap’. Opening lower vents in the classroom façade and the window flaps mounted at the top each monitor naturally draws air through the entire building, providing cooling during warmer days or when the atrium is densely populated. The monitors form the visual identity of the kindergarten, which has a strong presence despite sprawling, commercial surroundings. The cladding of these elements in gold-anodized aluminum roofing creates an important point of pride for the children who are schooled here.”

'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

“The entire building was executed in wood frame construction, with glue-laminated timber columns and beams. Connection reveals in the timbers, designed to accept aluminum curtain wall profiles, were milled with a CNC wood router in the carpenter’s shop to ensure precision on the construction site. The nearly identical building modules enabled factory production of large framed panels, resulting in an extremely economical and fast erection – the entire construction period for this building, from groundbreaking to ribbon-cutting, totaled 8 months. Exterior walls are clad with robust clapboards, and wood products play a dominant role in the interior build-out. The color concept reinforces the radial form of the building and assists in the spatial orientation of the young user group.”

'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

Technical Information:

Wood frame construction, supporting framework from construction-grade full-timber and glue-laminated timber.

Wall and ceiling insulation with blown-in Loose-fill dry cellulose.

Interior finishes: Visible glue-laminated beams and columns, general wall sufaces are built from OSB (oriented strand-board) and „Fermacell“ (a gypsum and wood-fiber drywalling)- painted. Rubber base at floors. Linoleum flooring is used throughout the building.

Custom built-in cabinetry from MDF with plastic laminate surfacing.

Solid-core doors with opalescent plastic laminate surfacing and solid wood edging.

Stainless steel door hardware – Jasper Morrison’s 1144 Series for FSB.

Custom childrens’ tables are built from solid oak surfaced with desk-top linoleum.

Hung ceilings (interior and exterior) are Heraklith, a Magnesite-cement and wood-fiber acoustic panel.

Exterior Finsihes: Wood Clapboards, painted; the protection of the laminated timber construction on the exterior is provided by Aluminium roof edging and window cladding. The ‘jester’s cap’ is clad with a standing-seam gold-anodized aluminum rain-screen.

The overhangs above every terrace provide the building with an ‚intelligent’ solar shading in the summer months and allow a ‚solar gain’ in the winter.

Ventilation flaps in the aluminium curtain wall façade allow a continuous, controlled stream of fresh air into the building. Excess warmth is ventilated through a ‘thermal chimney’ at the highest point of the building, the ‘jester’s cap’ above the atrium. Even during construction in the hot summer of 2006, the climatic concept produced a comfortable interior environment without the aid of mechanical cooling.

'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

'Dandelion Clock' by Ecker Architekten, photo by Constantin Meyer

Client: Neckar-Odenwald County, represented by County Executive Dr. Achim Brötel

Architect and General Contractor: Ecker Architekten

Structural Engineering: Färber + Hollerbach

Environmental Enginnering: Ingenieurbüro Willhaug

Carpentry: Zimmerei Bechtold, Roigheim

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