Day Care ThyssenKrupp Quarter Essen / JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés

© Thomas Lewandowski

Architects: JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés
Location: ThyssenKrupp Allee 1, Essen,
Client: ThyssenKrupp AG
Area: 2,100 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Lewandowski

© Thomas Lewandowski

The „Miniapolis“ day care centre at the ThyssenKrupp Quarter has capacity for approx. 100 children in mixed age groups. The technical appeal of the building follows the requirements of education- focused “Reggio Pedagogy”. In addition to promoting scientific and technical affinity this concept focuses on education in mathematical thinking, music, language and exercise. The centre point of the building features a two-storey “piazza”. This village centre is surrounded by the six group rooms.

© Thomas Lewandowski

They are complemented by a library, a wood workshop, a studio, a multi-purpose room and a computer room. Following the design principle of the campus the “rough surface” of the day care centre is generated by utilizing 3D-formed stainless steel panels that cover the building like a cloak. The vertical waves of the perforated panels transition seamlessly at all connecting sides. A special die was developed for punch-drawing the sheet, which enables a varying and continuous arrangement across the entire structure. Light and smooth surfaces were chosen for the floor, walls and ceilings of the “warm core” that contrast with the uneven outer surface.


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Cite: "Day Care ThyssenKrupp Quarter Essen / JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés" 29 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • cristina alonso

    You have achieved an incredible effect facade with those stainless steel panels. Congrats!