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.
Small Explorers Kindergarten – Instant House Competition Winner in Milan, Italy by B2 Architecture
July 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: B2 Architecture
In a strictly orthogonal urban context, in the street of Via Ugo Betti in Milan, we decided to create an oasis for children, that will break down the rigorosity with the help of organic and playful shapes. The design of the building and its surroundings will create a bridge between the neighborhood and the children by orienting itself to the main directions of the site, by respecting its weather context and by embracing the nature that is already on there.
The kindergarten takes shape from two types of modules, the connector and the room type, which manage to easily organize the different functions required and yet always leave the possibility of extending the building if needed. The modules can be combined with endless possibilities, resulting in a different building every time, but with a cohesive identity bridging them. The modules are placed in such way that the big common garden becomes the core of the building, and the place where all the spaces can open to. The size, proportions and diversity of the Small Explorers Kindergarten allow that everybody – children, teachers and parents –to feel at home.
The kindergarten is comprised of three types of areas: the classrooms sections, the common areas and the ancillary rooms. The classroom sections can be either closed into three separate sections, or can be opened forming a large open-space.
The common areas are flexible in their arrangement and are directly connected to the main garden and the playground, acting as a covered space that can take any character.
The common areas can gather the parents and the children for meetings or theater, they house the small catered cantine and the open kitchen which is accessible to the kids as well, and also include relaxation or communal learning zones. The common areas are also the connection between the three classroom sections and can accommodate all the children at the same time. Along with the central common garden, these areas are an enlarged variation of the classroom sections, acting almost the same, but on a bigger scale.
A place for curiosity and inquisitive minds, the Small Explorers Kindergarten blends the exterior and the interior seamlessly together.
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