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Day care centre de kleine Kikker / Drost + van Veen architecten

  • 01:00 - 1 October, 2009
Day care centre de kleine Kikker / Drost + van Veen architecten
Day care centre de kleine Kikker / Drost + van Veen architecten, © Rob ‘t Hart
© Rob ‘t Hart

© Rob ‘t Hart © Rob ‘t Hart © Rob ‘t Hart © Rob ‘t Hart +20

From the architect. The new building is a playful design, joyful and with a lot of colour. It overlooks the grazing sheep in the meadow. Next to the building, to the left, there is a characteristic old farm, a monument, with a thatch roof, on the right, a wooden cowshed.

© Rob ‘t Hart
© Rob ‘t Hart

The new building is conceived as a contemporary type of farm, in form, material and construction (steel structure). The coloured facade and the aluminium roof contrast the rustic environment. The silhouette of the pointed roof refers to the existing farm building. Towards the back of the building, it transforms into a modernistic, functional building, with a flat roof, instead of a farm.

© Rob ‘t Hart
© Rob ‘t Hart

The new extension contains four children’s groups, age 0-4. The organization of the spaces is simple and logical, yet provide many surprising views from one room to the next that makes it a perfect environment for children and their mentors.

© Rob ‘t Hart
© Rob ‘t Hart

The building is symmetrical and is two stories high. The organization of the day-care is mirrored across the building’s central axis. There is a clear division in three zones. The front is reserved for the employees, the middle zone is used as playground and entrance, while the zone at the back contains the children’s groups. The big balcony at the back of this zone creates the outdoor space for the children on the first floor and also functions as a sun canopy against direct sunlight for the ground floor.

© Rob ‘t Hart
© Rob ‘t Hart

De kleine Kikker’s recognizable shape refers to that of its surrounding buildings, while it surprises through its distinguishing shape and its use of material and colour.

© Rob ‘t Hart
© Rob ‘t Hart
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The Third Teacher · September 06, 2010
windzerg · May 01, 2010

simple and elegant~

danada · November 01, 2009

i need complete plans please

niloufar · November 07, 2009 11:59 PM

have you found the complete plans?

Peter · October 03, 2009

This project is some years old now, 4 or 5... I visited it 3 or 4 years ago, while traveling around the Netherlands, and its a wonderful building, its response is precisely driven by its context... its form is no accident or stylistic shape making over contextual response... you approach through agricultural buildings towards the gable end, responding the relationship of the surrounding buildings, and as you travel through the building, the view opens to that wonderful panoramic "snorkel" over the flat dutch landscape. There are very few "sharp edges" int he building... its like the built environment in which children grown up, like their homes... children should not be warped in cotton wool... and infact, from meeting and talking with the children (and parents), the building is really loved by its users... a very successful bit of architecture and building... BRAVO!

Stephen · October 05, 2009 05:37 PM

..."very few "sharp edges""??? Look at the photo of the 4 toddlers on the balcony - the wooden bench has a sharp edge around it's entire front perimeter, the galvanized metal railing has sharp vertical edges, the concrete stairs have sharp edges at the last two steps, the little bench behind the stairs has 4 sharp edges, what looks like a wall radiator adjacent to those same interior stairs has sharp edges, in the photo with the 4 children sitting in the window there is a box (fire hose? fire extinguisher) that protrudes from the wall with sharp edges that a small child can bump their head into, the same room has yet another radiator with, yes, sharp edges, there are metal lockers in the photo with two men entering the building - those metal lockers sit on what appears to be metal legs that protrude out from underneath the lockers with sharp metal edges...

How can you say there are "few sharp edges" when I just pointed out numerous examples in only a few of the photos. This design for a child day care is still poor in my opinion. Little children are prone to falling, to tripping, to finding the sharp edges when an adult does not.

Ralph Kent · October 02, 2009

Its funny, that so much of the stuff that got people so excited about the "superdutch" movement in the 1990s continues to be trotted out and looks so generic and dull now.

Dan · October 02, 2009 08:31 PM

I have noticed from a few recent comments on projects at this site that there appears to be a subtle backlash or rejection of the 'superdutch-minimalism'. I was one who didn't like it at first, but now I do. I will agree it has become expected and standard.

Some of the big-building US firms (NBBJ, HOK, and KPF) have done the same thing with their highly-articulated Meier-esque architecture. (I like it, and its good design, but I want to keep the criticism objective). It seems once a fresh aesthetic has legions of competent followers - it no longer seems as fresh.

Its like a cult college rock band, which gains broader fame, and then loses the interest of its original fans.

john wayne · October 02, 2009

auuuuuu... another missed shot... just look at those children faces "WHAT? WHY? WE DON'T WANNA BE HERE." I understand that somebody has an idea&feel of aesthetics & proportions but for god sake... you do it for children... so it's bad, unless you wanna bore them to death


Stephen · October 02, 2009 02:20 AM

I agree with john wayne completely...and look at all of those sharp edges - accidents waiting to happen. It looks like this architect didn't consider ALL of the clients that would be using this facility (as far as the pictures can tell).

Andrew Geber · October 01, 2009

wait, is this captain slow's lego house? :)

mkose · October 01, 2009

love the facade, looks stunning

pero · October 01, 2009

looks nice 4 me. even those crazy colours


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