Kita Göttingen / Despang Architekten

© 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

AD Round Up: Kindergartens Part IX

© Kurumata Tamotsu

For today’s AD Round Up we’ve compiled previously featured kindergartens projects. You must see, the Leimond Nursery School by Archivision Hironati Studio. Don’t miss, Elisa Valero’s Kindergarten in El Serrallo or the Early Childhood Learning Centre in Wakathuni designed by a group of masters students from the University of Melbourne. Take a closer look to Day Center by spanish practice, FLEXO Arquitectura. Finally in today’s Round Up, revisit La Cabanya Nursery by Lluís Jordà Sala + Sau Taller d’Arquitectura.

Forming Playscapes: What Schools Can Learn from Playgrounds

The Children Activity and Learning Centre by Architecture by 24H > architecture, a dome-like structure which offers different entertainment areas and 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 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

© Miran Kambič

Five great kindergartens for our seventh selection of previously featured projects. Check them all after the break.

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.

This time he presents us the new Jardin El Porvenir in Bogota, by Giancarlo Mazzanti.

You can see our previous features on Mazzanti’s work, and also other projects photographed by Cristobal Palma.

Soon more info on this project.

AD Round Up: Kindergarten Part IV

© CEBRA

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 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 ’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…)