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Monthey Kindergarden / Bonnard Woeffray Architectes

  • 01:00 - 29 September, 2010
Monthey Kindergarden / Bonnard Woeffray Architectes
Monthey Kindergarden / Bonnard Woeffray Architectes, © Hannes Henz
© Hannes Henz

© Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz +20

From the architect. Monthey's new kindergarten is located in the town's Cinquantoux Park and replaces the former villa that had become obsolete. Conceived as a large house for children, the venue assumes an almost organic shape that merges with the wooded park and offers a range of interior spaces. Following the same logic is its composition of volumes topped by a roof composed of gently slanting sections.

level 01 plan
level 01 plan

The building can accommodate 180 or so children. It offers two floors arranged as six separate units. Each unit is divided into two spaces for activity and rest, with a washroom and toilets in between. Each unit has a distinct character reflecting its position in the building; all benefit from different views of the park, and are bathed in sunlight in the morning or afternoon depending on the orientation.

© Hannes Henz
© Hannes Henz

The variety in the positions of the windows, all identical in size, contributes to a range of perceptions and facilitates visual contact for all ages.

© Hannes Henz
© Hannes Henz

While the construction is traditional, the exterior cladding is inspired by the world of childhood. The facades consist of timber slats finished in an array of toy-like colours, including pink, orange, red and green. Creating contrasting ambiences that are both happy and playful, the interior is composed of a rhythmic succession of coloured floors and ceilings, with as many colours as there are units.

© Hannes Henz
© Hannes Henz
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Ibuprofen · September 30, 2010

I like all dhose tv's on the facade, oh wait, der windys.

Chris · October 01, 2010 04:38 PM

Giant microwaves for the naughty kids.

Shahid Aboobacker · September 30, 2010

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Andr · September 30, 2010

It seems a lack of natural daylight in this building which is especiallly essential for the child..

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Nika · September 30, 2010

That's really nice and I like the colors... But aren't they too much for little children? In my opinion, violet or pink walls and celling really make some tension in spite of the fact that they are enjoyable.

yussef bravo · October 03, 2010 12:05 AM

I would argue that it is the polychromy of the facade that achieves a certain character in its snowy context. Thus the interiors are a manifestation of this idea as well. One could say the effects of those colors( that is the psychological effects on the cortex of an individual... e.i. yellow: optimistic, attention getter, speeds metabolism. source:http://www.infoplease.com/spot... were direct intended design decisions the architects/designers made in order to create an architecture that is not only space-making, but deeply concerned and influential to the human mind.

I guess i would only agree with you if those colors had no clear purpose other than pure aesthetic. However, i can only speculate and say they in fact did receive such attention.

-yb
yussefab@gmail.com

ross · September 30, 2010 04:07 AM

it might be a bit much, but I bet the kids love it.

it's for the kids!

mirwen · September 29, 2010

this is super... for a children hospital. but for a kindergarten? where is the cozy part?

Lars. · September 29, 2010

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Happy colours for everyone!

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sam · September 29, 2010

I really like the colors and hope they wear well. Otherwise, the building seems pretty utilitarian. One detail bothers me, are handrails not required in Switzerland at all?

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