Stuttgart, Germany based architecture firm, (se)arch Architekten, shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the ongoing project selected within the framework of a competitive multiple commission. Forming part of Allmendäcker housing district, which consists of horizontal, linear-formed housing blocks, the building tries to respond to its urban context. Two linear-like volumes are implemented; the northern one, together with the ground floor level plan, accommodating kindergarten and the southern – accommodating housing. More images and architects‘ description after the break.
Allmendäcker housing district – situated South-West of Stuttgart, in the town of Sindelfingen, community of Maichingen, neighboring DB railways on its West side – acts as the site for the complex project serving three different functions – Kindergarten, Housing and Community Hall.
The kindergarten is destined to serve four groups of children as follows: two groups of children aged from 8 weeks till 3 years find their space in the ground floor, whereas other two groups of children with age range from 2 till 6 years in the upper floor. Having two age groups of older children upstairs and two age groups of younger children downstairs, permits the better distribution of space and enables formation of two exterior, but protected playing areas – one of them on the roof and the other one as a patio.
The building has two patios – the above mentioned playground patio that opens to the East side where the park is situated and the kindergarten main entrance patio with the possibility of access from the side of the street. The community hall with its additional rooms is situated in the ground floor and faces the Györer Square laying South – the most important public space and reference point of Allmendäcker. The housing unit, can be accessed from the street side and is organized on four floor levels consisting of two-, three-, and four-rooms apartments oriented to the South with their balconies. The underground accommodates parking with access from the North and serving both kindergarten and housing.
As far as materiality, the upper floors’ walls are treated with white clinker bricks, whereas the ground floor and its perimeter band of colorful, ranging from yellow, through orange till red tones filter becomes an easy to recognize identification element for children. The green rooftops give place to two gardens – one for housing and the other one for kindergarten purposes.
Architect: (se)arch Architekten Location: Sindelfingen-Maichingen, Germany Team: Stefanie Eberding, Stephan Eberding, Agnieszka Sawczyn Project: Competitive Multiple Commission Program: Kindergarten, Housing, Community Hall Program Area: 3907m2 Status: 1st prize