Contemplation of Playfulness, Children’s Kingdom

By adapting it to the complex location, the authors of the kindergarten have achieved much more: they have opened up the way for a bolder reflection on the typology of kindergarten buildings.

Photo: Miran Kambič

Photo: Miran Kambič

Photo: Miran Kambič

Photo: Miran Kambič

This new kindergarten with an attractive name (Pedenjcarstvo, the Children’s Kingdom, is an allusion to a well-known poem by Tone Pavček) is situated in a difficult, chaotic environment in a typical Ljubljana suburb. Its innovative location and almost avant garde concept, however, make it a peaceful kingdom for children.

To design a kindergarten is to design one of the first experiences that whole generations of children have of public space and the world outside their home. This makes it a demanding and responsible task. Safety is crucial – in both the physical and psychological sense. The physical safety of children is to be guaranteed by the implementation of rules and regulations, while the feeling of safety can be encouraged by the design of the rooms: by adding details, adapted to children, by using the right scale, soft materials, colours and equipment. Naturally, all the materials used must be safe and non-toxic.

The complete article is published in Autumn 2018 issue of Piranesi No. 40/Vol. 26.

Project Data

Authors: Maja Ivanič, Anja Planišček, Andraž Intihar, Urša Habič
Landscape Architecture,project: Damjan Černe, Andreja Zapušek Černe, adkrajine
Structural engineering: Iztok Šušteršič, CBD
Interior Design: Maja Ivanič, Anja Planišček,Nena Gabrovec
Signage System: Primož Fijavž, studiobotas
Illustrations: Marjan Manček
Client: Mestna občina Ljubljana

Project Partners
site-plan project: beno Kočevar, Miha Kočevar, kono-b
electrical engineering: Borut Glavnik, Eldata
mechanical engineering: Marko Vrabec, Miha Komino, Emineo
fire protection engineering: Milivoj Kodrič

Contractor: Makro 5 gradnje, d. o. o.
Projects: 2015–2017
Completion: 2018
Area: 1657 m²
basement 416 m²
ground floor 1223 m²
plot 5212 m²
built-up area 1290 m²
Costs 4,744.000€ with tax