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Daylit Austrian Kindergarten is a Bright, Open Space That Blends With the Outdoors
Posted By Andrew Michler On September 23, 2011 @ 11:00 am In Architecture,Daylighting,gallery | No Comments
The design is focused on creating an active learning environment where groups can collect or break up within the spaces without being cut off. The interior rooms provide a quiet learning place surrounded by public rooms. The building is placed with the long axes facing west and east, creating an elongated interior/exterior transition to the south.
The best part of the design is the southern face of the school, which has multiple entrances along the stepped back rooms to facilitate connectivity  to the outdoors. Tall, operable windows bring daylight and fresh air into the spaces. The exterior is covered in a wooden louvered pergola  which protects the glass and the play area from the sun while binding the stepped room sections together. Natural light  is another central binding element in the school, which features a copious number of drop-down skylights integrated into the ceiling, adding an unusually lively ambience to the space.
Underground earthtube  air intakes provide fresh pre-tempered air, which is heated or cooled before entering the building. The entire school has an underfloor heating system to keep the kids’ toes toasty on winter days. Hot water is provided by an efficient water-to-water heat pump. Rain is captured and reused as well, helping the school to truly integrate into its site.
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URLs in this post:
 Neufeld an der Leitha Kindergarten: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=kindergarten
 new ideas for school design: http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/green-school-interactive.aspx
 SOLID Architecture: http://www.solid.ac/index_en.html
 skylights: http://inhabitat.com/housing-for-musicians-has-parasitic-rooms-and-skylight-pyramids/
 connectivity: http://inhabitat.com/amazing-japanese-kindergarten-circles-around-a-mythic-tree/
 pergola: http://inhabitat.com/peaceful-german-kindergarten-has-a-green-roof-with-a-hole-for-a-tree-to-grow-through/
 Natural light: http://inhabitat.com/daylighting/
 earthtube: http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/space_heating_cooling/index.cfm/mytopic=12460
 e-architect: http://www.e-architect.co.uk/austria/kindergarten_neufeld_an_der_leitha.htm
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