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Fagerborg Kindergarten, Oslo, Norway

Monday 12 Mar 2012

Bucking the trend

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Reiulf Ramstad Architects looks to set new benchmark for kindergarten architecture with compelling wooden angular form 

Kindergartens are all too often made up by a basic or random and often very poor architectural design. The Fagerborg Project did not want to be a part of this trend but rather give the kindergarten an important priority in order to develop a building with a stimulating environment for the next generation. 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, so 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 childs experience outside the family.

The kindergarten offers 2 units for children between 1-3 years old and 2 units for children between 3-6 years old. With its location in the middle of a small city park, the kindergarten has an outdoor area that is protected like an enclosed garden. The planning solution enables the 4 kindergarten units to function both independently and together as required. All units share a common area and a kitchen in the heart of the building. Administration is placed on the upper floor separate from children areas.

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