14 Feb. 2000|
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The appearance of a kindergarten through its shape creates distinguishing yet integrated landmark in the middle of a meadow.
Called Fagerborg Kindergarten, the project features four classrooms that can either be combined or operate separately. RRA has been involved in designing a new kindergarten for Fagerborg Congregation in central Oslo. With its location in the middle of a small city park, the kindergarten has an outdoor area that is protected like an enclosed garden. The planning solution enables the 4 kindergarten units to function both independently and together as required.
Any architect should know that architecture is a tool for social engineering by which I mean that our built environment shapes how we think about and interact with that environment as well as with others. An inclosed space is not always the thing, especially not for kids, but i belive this depends on the experience of the viewer. Each leaf creates its own green bay which functions as intimate atrium for each children department. The kindergarten offers 2 units for children between 1-3 years old and 2 units for children between 3-6 years old. As far as aesthetics and architectural concept are concerned I find the building very interesting, but as a kindergarten I have to question the architect's motive.
Whether the architect had a conception in mind about how this project would impact how the students think and interact is unknown by the text provided. Its easy for all of us to expect children to respond to bright colours, big bird and a wall filled with their own crayon drawings.
As a requirement from the local authority, the kindergarten is to have a contemporary expression.