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Kita Göttingen / Despang Architekten

© Jochen Stüber
© Jochen Stüber

Architects: Despang Architekten Location: Göttingen, Germany Architects In Charge: Günther Despang/Martin Despang Project Architects: Philip Hogrebe/Jörg Steveker Area: 512 sqm Year: 2010 Photographs: Jochen Stüber, Olaf Baumann

© Jochen Stüber © Olaf Baumann © Jochen Stüber © Olaf Baumann

AD Round Up: Kindergartens Part IX

© Kurumata Tamotsu
© Kurumata Tamotsu

Forming Playscapes: What Schools Can Learn from Playgrounds

The Children Activity and Learning Centre by 24H > architecture offers semi-private, lofted spaces. © Kiattipong Panchee & Boris Zeisser
The Children Activity and Learning Centre by 24H > architecture offers semi-private, lofted spaces. © Kiattipong Panchee & Boris Zeisser

Let’s begin with the obvious: kids like to climb, and run, and get their hands on anything that could (and probably will) break. They like to explore and imagine, create and destroy and create again. Thankfully, a movement in the world of Education has begun to account for this reality (see:Ken Robinson’s seminal 2007 TedTalk), to leave behind the antiquated schema that children are little adults, and to engage students’ creativity, energy, and need for expression – a task often complicated by the physical constraints of a traditional classroom. When designing a classroom, architects are keenly aware of the importance of the physical conditions of a learning environment (temperature, crowding, even permeability to the community) on a child’s psyche. [1] However, as much as we depend upon studies to help us design the “correct” environment, what we ultimately need is a practical, playful perspective that understands what excites and engages children. We need a source of inspiration. To look at spaces that welcome interaction with the environment and encourage the free reign of energy and imagination. We need the playground.

AD Round Up: Kindergarten Part VII

Five great kindergartens for our seventh selection of previously featured projects. Check them all after the break. Kindergarten Kekec / Arhitektura Jure Kotnik Kindergarten Kekec is an extension of a typical Slovene prefab kindergarten from the 1980s. Situated in one of Ljubljana’s residential areas, Kekec answers the growing demand for kindergartens. This comes as a result of Ljubljana having witnessed considerable population growth as well as legislative changes and a planned increase in building density inside the highway ring surrounding the city (read more…)

Video: Jardin El Porvenir / Giancarlo Mazzanti by Cristobal Palma

Architecture photographer Cristobal Palma shared with us another of his high quality video productions.

AD Round Up: Kindergarten Part IV

For our fourth selection of previously featured Kindergartens we have five amazing projects from Europe. Check them all after the break! Lucinahaven Toulov Childcare / CEBRA The kindergarten is divided into 6 small sections each with its own graphic theme. These sections form a geometric hexagonal system, which together form a daisy. The yellow centre of the daisy is the kindergarten’s central activity room. Attached to the centre are the petals housing the staff rooms and 6 group rooms – 2 in each hexagon (read more…)