Danish architecture firm Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter completed the Råå Day Care Center, a kindergarten that offers a stimulating environment next to the Swedish seaside. The timber-clad building takes on an asymmetrical form to mirror the rolling dune landscape. The gable rooflines and wood cladding were also inspired by the typology of local fishermen houses.
Located on a stretch of replanted beach, the single-story Råå Day Care Center takes in views of the Øresund strait through large windows. Geometric glazed openings also line the roof and other sides of the building to maximize natural light indoors. The fenced-in outdoor area features several sand pits for children to play. An outdoor amphitheater and seating were constructed into a portion of the kindergarten’s slanted roof.
The kindergarten’s interior is kept light and airy and features white walls and light green-colored floors complemented by “bookcase-wall” dividers made from plywood. The building is primarily divided into four main group rooms for the four groups of children. Each room is identifiable from the outside by the distinct gable roofline and is connected to one another via the common rooms.
Images via Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, © Adam Mørk