Kindergarten Building Designed With Play In Mind

Kindergarten Building Designed With Play In Mind
Design & Architecture

Innovative architecture allows young students to transform the look of their school from day to day.

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 29 march 2011

It isn’t often we see examples of buildings designed with a clarity of understanding for its users as the Kindergarten Kekec in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The region has been moving quickly to construct new schools to meet the growing demand of young students resulting from a population boom.  Arhitektura Jure Kotnik designed the building which was then assembled from prefabricated wood components in three days. The new structure is an extension of an original prefab kindergarten built in the 1980’s.

The architects noticed a lack of outside playground equipment at the site and saw an opportunity to add play value to the building. Their idea was to clad the exterior in movable timber slats with a natural wood finish on one side and bright color on the other. The children can spin the slats to create any variety of colorful patterns on the exterior of the building. In essence, the young students can control and alter the look of their school from day to day. Beyond the play value, the slats also serve a functional purpose to control sunlight within the interior classrooms.

[via Arch Daily]


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