Together with our client kevisa gGmbH, we are planning and developing a three-storey new daycare center in Berlin for around 100 children. Based on the clients concept , the central themes of “environment / nature, nutrition and home” are implemented spatially, graphically and constructively both in the building and in the outside area. The supporting structure consists of a slim reinforced concrete skeleton, the outer walls of modular wooden walls. Using large-format graphic elements, a design and guidance system is developed in accordance with the usage concept and nature is brought into the building.
The central element on the ground floor is the multifunctional dining and creative room, which can be extended to the outside area via a terrace. On the other floors, a winter garden / greenhouse, a children’s kitchen and an experiment field as a roof garden take up the topic and provide diverse scope for learning and discovery.
The outdoor space is divided into different play and learning areas with kitchen and raised beds, wild flowering meadow and themed play areas.
The building is an elongated volume with a main orientation of the rooms to east-west and incorporates the surrounding buildings in terms of urban planning. The incisions and protrusions loosen up the structure and combine it into a single design. Two group modules are attached to the central access per floor to the south. Each group module consists of a group room, an adjoining group room, a sanitary area (on the ground floor also with a changing area) and storage room and is accessed via a shared hallway with an open cloakroom. Functional rooms and multifunctional rooms that can be used across groups are connected to the north.
At the southern end of the building there is another staircase as an escape and rescue route. At the same time, the outside staircase allows direct access to the outside play area from the upper floors. The information lobby and the stairwell are located directly behind the entrance. The open design with a high proportion of glass allows views through and into the garden and the creative space.
Natural materials, recurring graphics and exterior and interior spaces that merge with one another result in a holistic picture of a nature-loving, sustainable daycare center that will achieve BNB silver certification.
Rendering: Malte Niedringhaus