Municipal Kindergarten in Glyfada by KLab Architecture
Client: Municipality of Glyfada
Architect: KLab Architecture (Konstantinos Labrinopoulos)
Location: Glyfada, Athen (GR)
The execution of architects' designs is a problem in Greece, as architects are generally not responsible for implementation planning. In the case of the Glyfada kindergarten project, one of the biggest challenges project was thus to find a way to exert control at the execution phase. KLab Architecture solved this problem by defining pre-fabricated basic modules capable of transportation by truck.
The individual modules relate to use of the building complex as a kindergarten, and in form and scale take their inspiration from the archetypal houses all adults are familiar with from children's drawings. A spatial unit consists of three individual modules. The assembled elements form a new typology – that of an "urban village", as the architects refer to it. All kindergarten rooms are grouped around a central courtyard, and small atriums serve as connective links between the units. Wooden pergolas form transitional zones between indoors and outdoors and also enliven the building facades.