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  7. The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects

The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects

  • 01:00 - 10 August, 2014
The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects
The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects, © Charalambos Louizidis
© Charalambos Louizidis

© Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis + 30

  • Structural Study

    Ioannis Vayas, Prof. Dr-Ing of NTUA
  • Electromechanical Study

    EM Engineering SA
  • Landscaping Design

    Eva Papadimitriou, Agriculturist - Landscape architect
  • Counselor acoustic study

    G. Schubert
  • Counselor of color study

    Vasso Triga, Artist/ Painter
  • Topographic Survey

    Ioannis Georgantelis, Topographer Engineer
  • Project Manager

    Ioannis Boubourakis, Dipl.-Ing. Architect
  • Constructor

    Plethron Construction
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Charalambos Louizidis
© Charalambos Louizidis

Text description provided by the architects. The Kindergarten – of the German School of Athens in this case - is the first public building a young child comes in contact with, and hence, attributes to it a dilated importance.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The building was addressed during the synthetic approach not merely as function - as by convention we know - but as contributor to the actions of the small pupils, as material semiotic system involved with them through a network of interactive relationships. This is an approach which is based on the stance that architectural space is not idle, that is not sufficient to measure it geometrically in order to understand it.

© Charalambos Louizidis
© Charalambos Louizidis

On the contrary, it constitutes an internal, inherent and transformable part of human daily life, closely connected with the social and personal "rituals" and activities. In this perspective, the devising of "gestures" that will give new "displacement" in the educational effort by mobilizing mental and emotional reflexes of the child, describes the conceptual axis of the "idea".

© Charalambos Louizidis
© Charalambos Louizidis

The established "neutral" proposals for preschool facilities that we know of in our country seem correct in one sense: about what they say; but what they do not say, what they omit, is the most important. They are proposals based on "logic", "order" and "safety", but they are not proposals for running, for carefree wandering, for voices, for fruitful "contrasts", for "hidden facts", for mere contemplation, for situations "out of control". Thus, a need emerges: "to think the 'unthinkable'," as E. Grosz writes, "to imagine an architecture "outside" the boundaries of until now."

© Charalambos Louizidis
© Charalambos Louizidis

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Cite: "The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects" 10 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/534858/the-kindergarten-of-the-german-school-of-athens-potiropoulos-d-l-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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