Andrew Michler

Zig-Zagging Austrian Kindergarten Creates an Immersive Learning Environment

by , 03/08/11
filed under: Architecture, Daylighting

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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.

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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.

+ Syntax Architekur

Via World Architecture News

Photographs © DI Roman Bönsch

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3 Comments

  1. hop March 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    You are hilarious.

    “Kindergarten in Holzbauweise” translates to “nursery school made out of wood.”

    The kindergarten is located in Klosterneuburg, Austria.

  2. Angela Green March 9, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Great work.
    thanks to share it :)

  3. herman miller santa rosa March 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Hope that the children that attend this kindergarten will be instill with the importance of caring for the earth. Recycled rubber flooring is a great choice of material for a school. See how trope is doing is part.

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