Syntax Architekur recently transformed a narrow, south-facing lot in Holzbauweise, Austria into a daylit kindergarten that is a rich place for exploration. The project’s generous windows and inward-facing sections add connectivity, while the use of low-energy materials and energy-saving technologies minimizes the school’s carbon footprint.
The school features a program that takes full advantage of its site — it’s tucked up close to the road on the north side, while the south-facing side is freely articulated. The resulting zig-zag floor plate provides a sun-filled interior that connects the six classrooms and recreation rooms to each other and to the outside. The architects’ objective was to create a dynamic space that allows children to better socialize while maintaining a connection with the outdoors.
The interior is finished with recycled rubber flooring and unfinished timber, and the project’s wood-framed structure contributes to its lowered carbon footprint. Air is kept fresh with a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). Water is heated primarily with solar thermal panels, and the heat from the sun helps keep the space toasty and bright.
Photographs © DI Roman Bönsch