Kindergarden / Cristina García Dorce

  • 10 Dec 2012
  • Educational Selected Works
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Architects: Cristina García Dorce
Location: , Valencia,
Architects : Cristina García Dorce, José Durán Fernández
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Pablo Vázquez Ortiz

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Project Area: 182.67 sqm
Technical Architect: Juan José Mollá Molina
Collaborators : Antonio Azorín Carrión, Marc Serrano Rosón, Adypau Ingeniería

A perimeter wall of 2.50 meters high surrounds the entire place. The place is a ditch, which favors the curved geometry of the site.

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The only area of the project, where children play, is north-south oriented and illuminated by two patios facing each other: an entrance patio and a backyard with perspective. Also, there is a small place of toilets for children.

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A unique space that has two patios, which gives freedom and protection to children.


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Cite: "Kindergarden / Cristina García Dorce" 10 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 15 Sep 2014. <>


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    Very joyful and colourful.

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    My mother, nursery teacher, would be very fluttered seeing this, not understandig what the hell this object is doing here… and, not to mention, what the hell we are…?
    Fancy mortuary btw.

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    I don’t think a kindergarden needs colours. The colour on the project will be given by the children, they’ll colonize the space making theirs. On other way, the wall is too high, it casts too many shades, the space will be too much cold in winter.

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    horrible, why not sink the entire thing into the ground. great way to teach small kids a very limited worldview!

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    I really like it. Kids love having their own private little world and this project does a great job of creating one. I agree that the space provides a neutral but playful backdrop for all the things the kindergarteners will fill it with. You need shade and cross ventilation in Valencia.

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    Is it a bunker? Is it a communist memorial? a burial monument, perhaps? Because this is definitely NOT a nursery. Yes, there’s no need to have glossy colors and Mickey Mouse all over, yet, kids need “green”, air and a feeling of nature. This looks just like the first step on the social conditioning, kind of Brave New World thing. From there kids will be transplanted into alike lifeless schools, then into boring universities and finally into similar offices/factories! Scary!

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