Kindergarten as a Bow of Regionalisms
(fence + wall + building + wrapper = playground)

“There is an architectural lesson we can draw from the work of “feld72”, namely that the essence of architecture is nothing architectural”.
Kari Jormakka

“…While Kenneth Frampton (advocating “Critical Regionalism”) opts for a double critique… i.e. a distanced, unimpaired identity, “Dirty Regionalism” focuses on how the field of tension between the differences can steer emancipation”.
Roemer van Toorn

Photo: Hertha Hurnaus

Photo: Hertha Hurnaus

Photo: Hertha Hurnaus

Photo: Hertha Hurnaus

 

Architectural and Urban Planning Specifics
Right from the start, the basic morphological urban-architectural analysis of the project for the kindergarten in Niederolang signals certain specific features, as it discloses an irregular form surrounded by typical village surroundings, where every building is determined by the distance from other buildings, which indicates a clear division between the private and the public. Our kindergarten, however, establishes a more emancipatory relationship with this environment.

This kindergarten is rather small and it can only accommodate two groups. The main two playrooms are on the ground floor, directly connected with the outer green playground and divided by a single-flight staircase that leads to the first floor, with additional playrooms and an exit to the longitudinal balcony deck. The deck functions as a regionally traditional element and as a shelter or roof. The first floor also houses the administration of the kindergarten. There is a basement under the entire building and it features another playroom and areas for external users.

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

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Project Data

architecture: Feld72 Architekten
collaborators: Marino Fei, Carl Friedrich, David Kovařík, Therese Leick, Gerhard Mair, Edoardo Nobili
category: invited competition, 1st prize
client: Municipality of Olang
project partner
engineering consultancy: Ingenieurteam Bergmeister
Lighting design: Lichtraum2
acoustics: Archacustica
completion: 2016
GFA: 950 m²