Kindergarten and after-school Care Center / Alexa Zahn architects

  • 28 Nov 2012
  • Educational Selected Works
© Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: Alexa Zahn architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Alexa Zahn, Barbara Schwab
Building Physics: Office Krückl, DI Thomas Seidel
Statics: Office H+W, Werkraum Wien (competition)
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus

The aim was to find a concept for the extension of the Koref School, constructed in the 1950s, rebinding a kindergarten of four classes and eight classes for the after-school care center.

© Hertha Hurnaus

The compact new building completes comb-like structure of existing building and creates in its interior a interplay of closed and open spaces. In the existing building where the building itself as well as the exterior area are perceived as tangible experience/spaces this concept is continued in the new part of the building. Through the composition of the classrooms a diversified sequence of spaces is created; instead of hallways there is a versatile space of motion with views/outlooks, niches/alcoves and common areas with a variety of indoor qualities.

© Hertha Hurnaus

The concept consists of a 2-level building with patio. The kindergarten is located on the ground floor with its projecting outdoor space. On the upper level the after-school care center can be extended to eight classes through restructuring.


By means of the compact building much outdoor space can be left as open space. The central patio functions as play- lunch and learning area. As well as the loggias in front of the classrooms it can be used all year round and represents with the projecting general areas a considerable part of the spatial concept.

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  • fx

    what are statics here?

  • TINA

    Hi, does somebody know, what material is applied on the facade?

  • architectovics

    Architecture for children should not be that clean.
    Kids need colour and opportunities to unfold.
    I don´t bliebe those kids really do in that surrounding.

    • Kez

      Add the toys, furniture and the kids themselves in their bright clothing, and this place will brighten up quickly! At that point the muted colours of the architecture will provide balance to what might other wise become overwhelming and overstimulating. Nothing like white space to let the imagination flow.