Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio

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Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland
  • Architects: xystudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  810
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Trespa, Balsan
Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Facade
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Text description provided by the architects. Kindergarten was designed as groundfloor, atrial building with 5 rooms (2 for nursery and 3 for kindergarten). It is planned for 125 children. Pent roof is in glued laminated timber construction.

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Interior courtyard with sandpit and tree is a „heart of the building”. The facade from courtyard is opened to the atrium with large windows to allow a maximum of natural light. Locker rooms have direct conncection with classrooms. Windows from locker rooms can slide open to let children go to the garden in the shortest way possible.

Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Lighting, Windows, Facade, Beam, Courtyard
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Glazed corridors and low roofs are passages of courtyard. They blurs the boundaries between inside and outside. Roofed arbour close the composition. It can function as a scene or audience.

Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Windows, Door
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Site Plan
Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Table, Windows, Chair
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It was the most important aspect which impact for the building shape. The heights of entrances, roofings and windowsills were subordinated by scale.

Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Windows
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Entrances and roofings were designed in 2,3m height, so that a childen entering the building feels more " homely " scale. The heights were maximally reduced especially for the children, that they can feel that building was designed for them.

Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Facade, Windows, Courtyard
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Classrooms windows are long with low lintel adjusted to the child's height. Thereby they are more accessible to kids and help them contact with the outside.

Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Table, Chair
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The building was located with respect to the world directions to ensure the required insolation. Also there was kept in mind a high level of shading in the inner courtyard.

Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Windows
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All the classrooms lintels are on the same level – 1,5m. Each classroom has 2 or 3 skylights. They provide diffused light which don't overheat the rooms. Courtyard arrangement was subordinated by sun path.

Floor Plan

The playground between the building wings is safe and comfort place for the kids playing in the sandbox and in courtyard arcades. During the day interchangeably the half of the courtyard is shaded.

Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Table
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Modular arrangement given the opportunity to create a very simple and clear functions:

- east part: nursery and social facilities.

- west part: kindergarten.

- central part: administration.

The corridors function as a locker rooms. They are well lighted, glazed and conntected with courtyard.

Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Windows, Facade, Beam, Deck, Patio
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In conclusion the kindergarten life goes around the courtyard "magic" tree. Roofed arbour and courtyard completes the building.

Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Table, Chair, Beam
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The wings of the building are also a barrier against the wind, which increases the length of time thatchildren can safely and comfortably spend outdoors.

Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio - Facade, Deck
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Address:Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland

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Cite: "Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio" 22 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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