Daycare Center La Mercè / Romà Pàmpols, David Pàmpols / Pampols Arquitecte + Xavier F. Rodríguez, Josep Mª Burgués / BmesR29 Arquitectes + Montserrat Giné

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This daycare center in Spain tries to blur the line between inside and outside. This is done with elements protruding and sliding past one another. These measures also help organize the spaces into two types, flexible/multiuse and specific/single-use spaces.

Architect: Romà Pàmpols, David Pàmpols / Pampols Arquitecte + Xavier F. Rodríguez, Josep Mª Burgués / + Montserrat Giné
Location: c/ mercè cantonada con c/rossinyol s/n-Lleida, Spain
Project Area: 637.15 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Amaneceres Fotográficos / Josep Ardiaca Rodríguez, Sofía Gómez Zúcar

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The center organizes its spaces hierarchically according to the program. The multiuse rooms can be easily converted and rearranged to suit a wide variety of activities. The architects simultaneously envisioned the building as a small city that treats the surrounding city as building in which it is merely a room.

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Project Team: Romà Pàmpols i Sales, David Pàmpols i Camats, Susanna Simó i Bañeras
Collaborators: Susanna Simó, Andreu Palau (Retamal), Daniel Armengol (Retamal), Joan Carner (AXER), Inmaculada Castello
Civil Engineer: David Civico i Florejachs
Engineer: SINAGRO Enginyeria, Toni Gimbernat Piñol
Builder: ACSA, S.A.

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Cite: "Daycare Center La Mercè / Romà Pàmpols, David Pàmpols / Pampols Arquitecte + Xavier F. Rodríguez, Josep Mª Burgués / BmesR29 Arquitectes + Montserrat Giné" 21 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 31 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=136185>

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    I think the design intent of this daycare center was erroneous. Blurring the line between inside and outside does not seem to address the essence of daycare center, which, in my humble opinion, concerns itself with children, their security, learning, fun and above all else,a sense of comfort when parents leave.

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      I do not agree very with this affirmation. In my modest opinion, the project solves in a effective way the transition of spaces between the interior and the exterior, and offers intermediate spaces of relation between the exterior and the interior. Very often they are the teachers who determine the appearance

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    I agree with you entirely on that point. I think the project asked a question and answered it extremely well, it’s the question itself which I disagree with. To me, it seems that the transition of inside-out does not satisfy child daycare. I would have asked what makes a good daycare and how do we design in order to perfect it. I think a transition between inside and outside spaces is pivotal in most projects, but I’m unconvinced it should be the aim of a daycare. I, myself, am unsure of how to define daycare, but it seems that it should concern itself with its’ function, which deals mainly with children, their interactions with the space, and the comfortability thereof. The spaces seem interesting and playful, but it feels oriented towards the comfortability of adults, rather than the creative, playfulness of children.
    I criticize respectfully, I might not know what I’m talking about.

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