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Stimulating Environment: Kindergarten in Oslo

The kindergarten is located in an area of Oslo called Fagerborg  and can accommodate four groups of children. The group spaces can either be used separately or in combination. Reiulf Ramstad Architects were involved right from the beginning of the project and supported the process from conception to completion of the building. A stimulating environment conducive to the development of children aged from one to six has been created.

Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Architects, Oslo
Location: Fagerborg, Oslo

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Photograph: Thomas Bjornflaten

"In nature, top seeds need the best soil for the best growth conditions to flourish. This is the same for humans. Children are the citizens of “tomorrow” and the resources of the future and it is important that this group have stimulating and developing physical limits in their everyday sphere. Therefore, the objective of the program – agreed upon by both the client and the architect – was to create a nursery that would have a rich architectural register and become a house of character to encourage the development of character – a meaningful architectural framework for children’s important first phase of the formation and development of the child's experience outside the family." (Reiulf Ramstad Architects)

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Photographs: Thomas Bjornflaten

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Photograph: Thomas Bjornflaten

The kindergarten is situated in an area characterised by residential buildings from 1900-1950. This meant that many cultural heritage guidelines had to be considered in the design developed by the architects. In response to the contemporary style demanded by the local authorities, the building is completely covered by wooden cladding with a vertical grain direction. The generous use of natural wood gives Fagerborg Kindergarten an organic aesthetic. Square windows speckle the façade, which is undercut on one side of the building and cantilevers out to shelter the entrance area below.

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

One end of the building is undercut and cantilevers out to shelter the entrance area below. Photograph: Thomas Bjornflaten

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Photograph: Soren Harder Nielsen

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Site plan. Diagram: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Section B-B. Diagram: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Floor plan of level 1. Diagram: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

The design offers space for four kindergarten groups, which form a striking, solid structure and can function both independently and together as required. All the groups share a common area and a kitchen in the heart of the building. The administrative spaces are accommodated upstairs, separate from the children area. Light-flooded and colourful interiors aim to provide an environment that fosters the enquiring minds of children and wakens their curiosity.

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Photographs: Thomas Bjornflaten

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Colourful staircases lead to the administrative areas on the upper floor.

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

The interiors are also clad with wood. The gross floor area is approximately 1,200 m². Photograph: Soren Harder Nielsen

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Photograph: Thomas Bjornflaten

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Photograph: Thomas Bjornflaten

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Photograph: Soren Harder Nielsen

Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo

Photograph: Thomas Bjornflaten

For other projects on the topic "Building for Children", please see DETAIL Concept 2013/3.

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