Introducing young children to a school environment can be a challenge, but one kindergarten in Germany has no trouble getting their students excited for the day. This cat-shaped kindergarten in Karlsruhe, Germany, offers a whimsical playground for the kids, inside and out. The children who attend Kindergarten Die Katzie (literally âThe Catâ) no doubt are thrilled to play and learn in a building shaped like one of their favorite pets. The metal sculpture-cum-building is a joint effort between French artist Tomi Ungerer and architect dâAyla-Suzan YĂ¶ndel, the result of the campaign âEurope Without Borders,â intending to be a symbol of the friendship between the German and French people.
Approaching the building is like walking straight up to a giant feline, paws astride in a Sphinx-like pose, with big round eyes gazing out over the entryway. About a hundred lucky kids attend this school, and each has to pass through the catâs mouth, almost as if being eaten, to enter the building, but we suspect they arenât afraid, once they know what awaits inside.
In the belly of the beast, a relatively open floor plan houses a coatroom, classrooms, dining room and kitchen. The inside of the âpawsâ are play areas for the tots, and the second floor allows kids to peer out of the giant eye-shaped windows. The play on a catâs anatomy doesnât end with the interior spaces, though, as the kindergarten also has a green roof, giving the illusion of âfur.â
Perhaps the most exhilarating part of the buildingâs design canât even be seen from the street. Behind the cat kindergarten is what you expect to find behind just about any cat: a tail! In this case, the kittyâs tail is a two-story metal slide that protrudes from the upstairs play area and offers a really spectacular exit to a truly unique building.
via Milk Magazine
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