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Peaceful German Kindergarten Has a Green Roof with a Hole for a Tree to Grow Through!

Posted By Lori Zimmer On September 2, 2011 @ 12:11 pm In Architecture,Features | 1 Comment

en design, eco design, sustainable design, Forscherkindergarten Apfelbäumchen, Berlin, WInkens Architekten, green roof, kindergarten, natural gas [1]

Located in the Bohnsdorf-Grünau neighborhood of Berlin, an Evangelistic Church community, the school [2] occupies a corner plot of land thick with trees. Almost a miniature forest, the plot was played up by the architects who wanted to highlight the importance of the trees. At either end of the school, Winkens built large open-air terraces with timber planks, which are covered by the extending roof. They are open on three sides, allowing the trees to be viewed from all angles. On one end, the terrace [3] roof has a large square hole cut out, with a tree planted below. As the years pass, the children and staff can watch the tree grow, and eventually it will burst through the cut out and over the school!

The school [4]’s entrance is in the middle of the building, and leads to a large foyer and multipurpose room.  Along the perimeter of the building, each classroom is lined with large windows [5], which fill the classrooms with light. Winkens also designed large window seats in each apartment-style classroom, so that the children may gaze out onto the canopy of trees surrounding the school.

Employing more green features, the school’s roof [6] is planted richly with greenery. This not only blends the building in with the landscape around it, but also insulates and controls solar gain. The school [7] is also heated with natural gas.

The Forscherkindergarten Apfelbäumchen engages its young students with the nature around it, providing an inspiring learning environment in the midst of an urban area like Berlin [8].

+ Winkens Architekten [9]

Images © Marcel Klebs and Jirka Arndt

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/peaceful-german-kindergarten-has-a-green-roof-with-a-hole-for-a-tree-to-grow-through/winkens-kindergarten1/

[2] the school: http://inhabitat.com/timayui-kindergarten-looks-like-stone-teeth-jutting-out-of-the-earth-in-colombia/

[3] terrace: http://inhabitat.com/la-tonnelle-wine-tasting-room-tucks-into-swiss-terraced-cliffs/

[4] school: http://inhabitat.com/6-exceptional-eco-schools/

[5] large windows: http://inhabitat.com/lantern-like-hanging-japanese-tea-house-brings-visitors-in-touch-with-nature/

[6] roof: http://inhabitat.com/picturesque-green-roofed-aquapark-rises-out-of-the-swiss-alps/

[7] school: http://inhabitat.com/13-eco-friendly-back-to-school-supplies-for-a-sustainable-school-year/

[8] Berlin: http://inhabitat.com/german-village-produces-321-more-energy-than-it-needs/

[9] + Winkens Architekten: http://www.winkens.de/

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