French artist Tomi Ungerer and architect d’Ayla-Suzan Yöndel are behind this prrrfect kindergarten shaped like an adorable cat. Situated in Karlsruhe, Germany—although we would've guessed it was in Japan—Kindergarten Die Katzie was built as part of the campaign 'Europe Without Borders' becoming a symbol of a Franco-German friendship. The cute feline school welcomes hundreds of kids every day who enter through the mouth, take classes in its belly and come out through its tail, or a silver slide at the back!
Children attending this kitty-kindergarten must be thrilled to go every day, learn and play in a building with that extraordinary shape. Topped by a green fur-like roof, the metal and concrete feline sits looking at every kid come in through its mouth every morning, as if they were being eaten. Its big round eyes are actually windows that flood its two-levels with plenty of natural light.
The cat‘s belly shelters a coatroom, a dining room, a kitchen and classrooms with colorful drawings made by the kids hanging on its walls. Its paws are play areas for the tots, and on the upper level, a playroom allows kids to peek outside through the cat’s giant eyes. Behind the cat’s back it’s obviously its tail, made from a steel tube slide from where the kids can come out!
Images via Adriono A. Biondo