Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Kindergarten Les Vimeteres by Mamen Domingo and Ernest Ferré, architects
February 12th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mamen Domingo and Ernest Ferré, architects
The geometry of the project is at the same time the starting point and the leit motiv which joints all the space. Although it is easily recognizable as a roof, its scale doesn’t answer to what could be expected in a first view. It is a childhood house but it could have any other public use. We wanted it was clearly understood as the first pictures of a house all children draw and, once inside, everybody could discover the surprise of the volume.
The fact of not having a facade has let, both constructively and economically, focusing the spatial and architectonical experimentation in three parts of pyramidal bodies which are intersected creating one only body with low directions changes. These three bodies are crossed by six mansard roofs in each side repeating the scheme in a smaller scale. The roofs are crossed by some skylights and the mansard roofs are opened to the kindergarten playground, establishing a visual communication between indoor and outdoor. The fact that the roofs don’t get in to the ground makes that they seem to float from the outside and from the inside there is a entrance of light by the perimeter.
The roof granite cladding gives an urban character. Every mansard creates one of the indoor spaces. In every classroom you can get in the outdoor by one of the mansards. The common areas have their own characteristic space, where the volume can be read without interruptions, although in some places a lower height is gotten by an intermediate translucent ceiling. Thereby, there are overlapping uses. The porch, in one of the ends, has also the hole height, being, in fact, the highest of the three pyramidal bodies.
The chance of offering an innovative space to the town which was also the first childhood experience offers, if possible, more sense to the architectural experiment, which genders from the free vision of the child’s world the fascination of the kaleidoscope and the poetic image of a child on a swing.