Lovely environment for the children: Pitypang (dandelion) Kindergarten
We won the architectural competition on designing the Pitypang Kindergarten, so we had the opportunity to do this project. Our concept was to design a unique, child-centred building, that still reflects the traditionalist approach of the kindergartens pedagogic program. Our building is rooted in traditional architecture but uses contemporary architectural language. The kindergarten fulfils the buildings functional requirements and uses a clean, pure architectural language.
We created inspiring and loveable environment for the children, with abstracting the traditional forms and using a modern design language. We kept in sight the modern building requirements, the kindergarten is economical to maintain, the design is environment-friendly and energy saving. The building keeps an intensive contact with its surroundings and users. The rooms open to the terrace, a south-facing open porch runs along the rooms both on the ground floor and the first floor, recalling the traditional architecture with contemporary language. The cantilevering roof provides the natural shading. It protects the facade from the direct sunlight in the summer but let in the low angle sunshine in winter.
The materials, structures, shapes, spaces and environment should be examined together, they carry the meaning and message together. Usage of symbols taken from the context can be ambiguous. Reinterpretation of the symbols in the new context is very important, beside continuity rejuvenation is also essential.
Finding the coherence between old and new, analysing, rethinking and reinterpreting the essential architectural elements is the base of the contemporary architectural expression of tradition. The rebirth of old is essential for the continuity of collected experience. The above described analysis was the guideline of the Pitypang kindergartens design.