Taka Tuka Land / Baupiloten

The Baupiloten are a group of at the architectural faculty of the Berlin Technical University who carry out building projects under Susanne Hofmann’s guidance and supervision.

They have completed their third project. It is already the second one for the client ASB Kinder.- and Jugendhilfe GmbH, Berlin. Within the scope of the refurbishment the Baupiloten created a completely new conceived world from the temporary structure of the kindergarten as imagined by the children. The results are interactive and communicative interior spaces as well as a multifunctional façade according to Astrid Lindgren’s story. The construction costs were extremely low due to the recycling of material and the economical renewal of the damaged building substance. Concept design started in 2005 and completion was in March 2007.

Atmosphere defined by a communal design strategy

Pippi Longstockings’s “Taka-Tuka-Land”, according to Astrid Lindgren’s children’s book of the same title, not only bestowed the name to the kindergarten but turned into architecture. The Baupiloten and the child minder inspired the children to design their own vision of “Taka-Tuka-Land”. Their concepts of singing bridges as well as huts, the merry-go-round made of petals and the shell-throne belonging to Pippi’s father gave the Baupiloten an inkling of spatial qualities the children imagined for their new kindergarten. With the help of collages and architectural models the Baupiloten then communicated their views to the staff and the children. Thus the end users had had a direct involvement in the design of their newly built environment. The daily observation of the children’s play and the routine was a further inspiration to the Baupiloten.

Sensually immediate Architecture

The original temporary structure of the kindergarten has been turned into an everlasting oak tree where lemonade grows and flows. The flow of lemonade has seven intervals where the children can enjoy it, for example, the large-scale windows where the midday sun turns the room into a glittering environment due to the crystals that have been mounted in the windows. As a matter of fact, yellow is the dominant colour, be it in the entrance or the corridors with the lemonade gallery where the children can show their parents their latest achievements. In the hall the children’s clothes are accommodated in lemon-coloured cupboards. The architectural highpoint is the “lemonade-island” where the children are taller than the grown-ups. It’s oblique surfaces invite every child to play and “drown” in streams of yellow lemonade. In one of the rooms the stream of lemonade literally bursts out bounds and floods into the garden. Metaphorically Pippi Longstocking’s old oak tree has been turned into an interactive façade. It has become an oblique climbing frame made of green oak covered by yellow membrane with plenty of spaces to hide. The entire construction is protected against the elements by a transparent yellow membrane that sheds the inside with a warm light.

Cite: "Taka Tuka Land / Baupiloten" 08 May 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=519>

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    jejej, that´s hilarious, it´s the first time i read the posts in archdaly, it´s nothing like Plataforma. ¿don´t they know in the other countries that we´re supposed to destroy the proyects with out posts instead of like them?, jajaj (irony, of course)

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    haha im in her project right now. hofmann’s sense of participatory design is 3% percent participation (3 HOUR WORKSHOP) and 97% random intepretation. the more random the better… there’s NO reason why any wood panels and triangles up there should be in that form or orientation.. she also constantly asks if we know about barcelona house or le corb. insulting!

    im switchin projects.

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    i want to know where is that exactly?i need that’s site map who know how can ı find? i dıdnt find on google earth SOS plzz:/

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