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Fireplace for Children / Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter

  • 01:00 - 17 December, 2009
Fireplace for Children / Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter
Fireplace for Children / Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter, ©  Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen
© Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen

©  Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen ©  Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen ©  Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen ©  Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen +11

From the architect. The office was invited by the municipality of Trondheim to suggest an outdoor project for a kindergarten.

©  Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen
© Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen

Although the region is characterized by predominantly maritime climate and the weather varies considerably throughout the seasons, there is a popular saying 'there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing,' and all seasons are equally attractive to the Norwegian children that enjoy outside activities all year round.

©  Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen
© Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen

Together with the standard playground facilities we wished to combine an enclosed space for fire, storytelling and playing.

©  Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen
© Jason Havneraas & Grethe Fredriksen

Given a very limited budget, reusing leftover materials (from a nearby construction site) was a starting point that led the design to be based on short wooden pieces. Inspired by the Norwegian turf huts and old log construction, a wooden construction was built and mounted on a lighted and brushed concrete base. The structure is made of 80-layered circles. The circles have varied radiuses and relative center point in relation to each other. Every circle is made out of 28 pieces of naturally impregnated core of pine that are placed with varied spaces to assure chimney effect and natural light. Oak separators differentiate vertically between the pine pieces to assure airflow allowing easy drying of the pine pieces. A double curved sliding door was designed for locking the structure.

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bill e · March 13, 2014

very nice i wish you would show a more detailed blue print of the structer

elham · November 03, 2012

i like it!!!

Neda Al-Khalaf · April 22, 2012

a limited budget,reusing leftover materials was a starting point that led the design 2b based on short wooden pieces

Stuart McPherson · February 09, 2012

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Strang Architecture · January 24, 2012

Why didn&#39t my school have this? @ArchDaily

Peyman · September 03, 2011

I have seen a construction like this in my country whith a different material which have been used about hundred years ago when there was no refrigirator for keeping the Ice in summer!!!!!

omamahq · February 01, 2011
Indri Aldwiati, ST · February 01, 2011

aissshhhhh bulet2 *kangen maket gue ==

David Boureau · January 21, 2010

I love this project, Heat of the fire in this cold winter! Very good idea, children's likes it.
And especially in Trondheim. What will be your next project to bild?

Greetings from Paris,

David Boureau
Architectural photographer

JJ · December 22, 2009

hershey kisses!!!

Diego · December 19, 2009

Fireplace + Childrens + wood structure.... bad combination... one thing is the look of the proyect... and other thing is the safety...and in this more important the safety of the kids. sooo im no a big fan of this proyect.

Jaime Mendez · May 10, 2010 04:32 PM

Heat, edge or gravity are universal risks, but security has more to do with the management of risks than to its existence. It is why we amaze about Japanese homes without guard rails, and I know that in northern Europe the relation between fire, wood and children doing activities outdoors can be in complete normalcy and security. For them is a cultural thing which comes from many generations, and habit that occurs naturally and handling risks properly.

Andrew · December 20, 2009 01:02 AM

Poor Diego, thinks wood is a "fire hazard"... Do you know that practically ALL houses in Norway are built in wood? You are a victim of your own cultural bias. You know nothing about safety.

Here in Northern Europe building in wood is not a problem, and we have open fireplaces in most houses.

Terry Glenn Phipps · December 18, 2009

Compare this to the Prada Terminator, or whatever that thing is called. It is refreshing to see something conceptual built for an actual purpose other than the vainglorious self-promotion of the BRAND. "You know, it's for kids".

Moreover, one supposes they modeled this on a computer. Now this is a good way to use a computer to achieve something organic that might have been otherwise difficult.

Terry Glenn Phipps

metcalf · December 18, 2009

Isnt this where George Cauldron lives?

yang · December 18, 2009

nice in the night~

teo · December 18, 2009

This project reminds me of Sami Rintala Birdcage (2001) and the book installation he did the same year.

tra · December 18, 2009

they are spacers... allows for that beautiful nighttime glow.

it also looks like they fit in little notches in the brick and stop the wood blocks from sliding off of each other.

Second Rate · December 18, 2009

Zumthor meets officeDA in a beautiful pavilion. Post some details. I wonder about the little shims and what their purpose is?

Siri · March 18, 2012 01:23 PM

the spacers allow for fresh air to come in to the space so that the smoke from the fire exits properly through the top hole(for hot air to go straight up there must be sufficient new air drawn in from the bottom, like in natural ventilation), and so that the larger wooden pieces dry up after rainfalls(wood holds water and rots if not properly aired out)

scroggins5000 · December 18, 2009


pepech · December 18, 2009

Brilliant! Stunning, natural, useful... A truly norwegian piece of art.

tweedy · December 18, 2009

This was very nicely done. It would have been nice to see some detail drawings of the project, it is kind of hard to understand the wall construction while the space inside is nicely portrayed. Seems like an awful nice place for a child to listen to good story.

ion · December 18, 2009

A fireplace for cooking children! Yummmy!

teddy · December 19, 2009 05:19 AM

That's what I thought--what does that say about us?

Aa9 · December 18, 2009

¡ children , fire , wood.. i dont think thats a good idea .. kidding nice proyect

menlow · December 17, 2009

Terrific project.

Rik · December 17, 2009

A firetemple! To sacrifice the little children in!
Great! :)

(I actually do like it)


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