Status: Competition (2016)
Clasification: Honour mention
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates: 52.389560, 4.892776
Climate: Oceanic / maritime, Temperate
Environments: Seaside, Urban
Types: Education, Nursery
Influenced by Aldo’s Van Eyck’s playgrounds and his ideology where the children see the whole city as a playground we wanted to create a space that would become part of Amsterdam and would open up and relate to the city. On that way the proposal combines educational classrooms with patios that set different privacy gradients organized by the basic geometrical shapes, circle square triangle. As Aldo Van Eyck so strongly believed, the basic shapes help the children’s mind to organize, function and learn unconsciously about the basic structures in an architectural space in a way where the physical formation is just as important as an intellectual.
So the kindergarten is mainly a roof – platform with openings that maximize the sun light and educational classrooms with patios which relate to each other in a way where the children are free to play and learn in protected areas during class hours. Also there is direct contact with the outside in a way that the children relate to the physical formation of their city. Lastly, the kindergarten was designed to be open to the society and to relate with the public space. So we created spaces were different events can be held and, in addition to that the whole kindergarten can be opened up in a way that its spaces can be used in combination with the events held in the area.