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  7. Kindergarten Kekec / Arhitektura Jure Kotnik

Kindergarten Kekec / Arhitektura Jure Kotnik

  • 00:00 - 10 March, 2011
Kindergarten Kekec / Arhitektura Jure Kotnik
Kindergarten Kekec / Arhitektura Jure Kotnik, © Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

© Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič + 48

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Project Team

    Jure Kotnik, Andrej Kotnik
  • Structural Engineering

    CBD d.o.o.
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Linasi Peter
  • Electrical Engineering

    Iztok Zlatar
  • Client

    Mestna občina Ljubljana
  • Builder

    Riko Hiše d.o.o
  • Area

    130.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. 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.

© Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

The construction is made from prefabricated wood and was built in three days only. The main design concept derives from the existing kindergarten's lack of play equipment. The new façade solves this weakness by offering a play element along all three exterior walls. It consists of dark brown roughcast and timber slats revolving around their vertical axe. The slats are the color of natural wood on one side but painted into nine different bright colors on the other side. Aside from serving as a shading element, the toy slats provide for children's play and learning: as the children manipulate the colorful wooden planks they get to know different colors, experience wood as a natural material and constantly change the appearance of their kindergarten, all at the same time.

© Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

The new kindergarten annex is attached to the south side of the existing building and stretches into the garden, which has enlarged the volume by an additional 130m2 of playroom surfaces. Playrooms are compact but allow for the furniture to be arranged in various formations. Daylight floods the interior from three sides as well as the roof. Located between the two playrooms, washrooms have large glass openings, which visually increase their volume as well as ease tutor supervision. Wardrobes in the narrow cloakroom are made from pure natural wood. Wardrobes in the narrow changing room are made from pure natural wood and have pull-out boxes for shoes in all the colors of the façade, which function as a space saver, since they also serve as a bench.

© Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

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Cite: "Kindergarten Kekec / Arhitektura Jure Kotnik" 10 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/117812/kindergarten-kekec-arhitektura-jure-kotnik/> ISSN 0719-8884
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