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Nursery in Nagykovacsi

Stunning task is to design for children. László Földes and his team made up a beautiful concept for a village nursery in Nagykovácsi, Hungary. Our task was planning a nursery here, not far from the centre, in a nowadays changing area in the neighborhood of the new kindergarten and a shop that is still not built. Our building is based on the archetypical form of Hungarian village house.

Nagykovácsi is one very special village around Budapest. It takes half an hour to get there by car from Buda castle, lays the village among mountains, with spectacular baroque temple and cenetery with old trees. Fortunately it is a dead-end village, so there is absolutely no traffic - and hopefully it will not change in a while. Scale of the village and enthusiasm of its residentials made the place a lively settlement, with its own traditions and events organized around the school and the church.

Our task was planning a nursery here, not far from the centre, in a nowadays changing area in the neighborhood of the new kindergarten and a shop that is still not built. Our building is based on the archetypical form of Hungarian village house. These pavillions are lining up, including all the neccessary funkctions: nursery, medical station and center of health visitors.

Slightly moved out from the line the units are shifted, which forms pleasant spaces between them. Small gardens, transitional spaces opened here, while the pavillions are joint by glass corridors. It allows the small gardens to be differentiated, and also separates functions in a rational way. Traditional village houses evoke here in a contemporary way.

We were intended to build a "small village" for children, with its squares, streets, borders and which can easily be identified due to its shape. It also fits in the built environment and above all: it is a pleasant place for children and their nannies as well.

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