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Kindergarten and temporary foster home

As her diploma, Anna Bálint designed a kindergarten and temporary foster home in Magdolna quarter that is considered one of the most underdeveloped neighborhood in Budapest. Her idea is to extend the new kindergarten function by adding a temporary placement is based on needs of the district, to have more space for children.

Kindergarten and temporary foster home in Magdolna quarter, Budapest

Magdolna quarter is located in Józsefváros, in the 8th District of Budapest. This is considered to be one of the most underdeveloped neighborhood of our capital and there had already been sequential programs ( three phases of Magdolna Neighborhood Program by the government and the Municipality of 8th District) aiming to reduce social problems, such as high unemployment, low education levels, poor living environment, low public safety, by improving the living conditions through social and urban interventions as well. This is a long therm development strategy where architects need to take responsibility and hopefully are supposed to have several possibilities to practice their talented attitude and knowledge in the future.

In this area Koszorú street is considered to be a friendly, narrow street, with a diverse character of surrounding and buildings. A certain part of the current houses had been used as kindergarten before, but it moved out last summer because of the low conditions. The new site comes from three seperated plots together. The new building aims to be respectful of the existing context, it optically widens the street, the main elevation of the high block turns away from the opposite side.


Kindergarten and temporary foster home - architect: Anna Bálint
Kindergarten and temporary foster home - architect: Anna Bálint


My idea is to extend the new kindergarten function by adding a temporary placement is based on needs of the district, to have more space for children in case, on compositon, to react and adjust to the height of the neighboring apartment house with its four-story block, and on economical reasons as well, to use more squaremetres next to the main function. In contrast to that, the kindergarten prefers a small scale and focuses inside, opens to the courtyard. Next to that, the free surface of the flat roof provides children convenience to step out onto the roof terraces and enjoy diverse outdoor activities there, such as sliding or playing.

The house is planned to have a spacious area where children can feel safe and seperated from the street in a whole day so that they can develop their sensibility and creativity. Their interior atmosphere is defined by wooden surfaces, natural light and colors helping their orientation. Here they are able to experience high-quality spaces, individual and group activities that they sadly cannot enjoy at home.


Kindergarten and temporary foster home - architect: Anna Bálint

Kindergarten and temporary foster home - architect: Anna Bálint


This was a complex, sensitive, challenging project for my thesis, which is not only questioning the integration of new architectural values placed in this urban fabric, but also may help the social and local living conditions, and that extra responsibility was very inspiring and important to me.

Anna Bálint

 

 

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