Architects: Randić & Turato / Saša Randić and Idis Turato
Location: Krk Island, Croatia
Project team: Ana Stanicic, Gordan Resan, Iva Franolic, Janko Jelic
Project Area: 1,725 sqm
Construction date: 2009
Photographs: Robert Leš
New kindergarten, on the island of Krk in Croatia, is located on northeastern border of the town, amongst mostly touristic apartments and shopping malls. In such unattractive neighborhood, this kindergarten is shaped as enclosed and introverted insula, surrounded with soaring stone walls. Inside of this small town-kindergarten, units-houses are combined with open gardens, placed next to pedestrian communications.
Due to the rather small area of kindergartens parcel, units for the smallest kids, together with belonged roof terraces – playgrounds, are located on the first floor of the building. Kindergarten is defined by halls – kale (local name for small streets characteristic for historical centers of Dalmatian towns), aiming upwards or downwards, regarding the topography of the site. Eastern and western entrances to the kindergarten are to be used by children, employees and guests, service entrance is on the north, and southern gates open the kindergarten towards the small, sunny oriented playground. In the centre of the kindergarten there is a small square – piazza, which is supposed to serve as location for manifestations, events and celebrations. Besides 7 units for older children, and 4, previously mentioned, units for youngsters, kindergarten also embeds hall for sports, recreation and dance classes. Plan area of the kindergarten is 1,725 sqm, with gross area of 2,379 sqm.