Kindergarten design by COBE is a series of small houses
Instead of following the traditional large-scale, centralised, institutional daycare environment, Danish architecture office COBE opted for a different, more playful and human-(child-)scale layout when designing the Frederiksvej kindergarten in Copenhagen. Located in a residential neighbourhood characterised by small houses, apartments, and gardens, they initiated a space that recreates the surrounding landscape.
In practice this meant that they divided the typical single central building into 11 small houses, that with their pitched roof recall the architecture of the suburb it is situated in. Also, the simplistic, stylized shape is closer to the children’s universe as it looks like their drawings of buildings. The houses are joint together with different orientation, and the offset layout divides the garden into smaller outdoor spaces, while it maximises the natural incoming light at the same time. The garden also features 6 smaller houses, that function as separate designated storage rooms for toys, strollers, and tools.
Inside, the different blocks, storeys, and group-rooms are connected by atriums located at each end. These spaces are essential not only for providing circulation but they work as gathering points and informal meeting areas as well. The exterior’s house-shape is repeated around the various function-areas: the kitchenette, cradles, playrooms, and other facilities are also contained in small pitched-shaped structures. This solution completes COBE’s aim of establishing a comprehensive village environment more suited for children.
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