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Kindergarten Kekec

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

In our series on the most innovative schools in the world as chosen by online magazine, we bring you Kindergarten Kekec from Ljubljana in Slovenia. It is a small school for very young learners, inherited from the prefabricated landscape of the 1980s, and has been refurbished to accommodate the city’s rapid population growth.

Unlike the grey monotony of the previous ‘prefab’ incarnations, Kekec was put together in three days from wood, dark-brown roughcast and timber slats revolving around a vertical axe. Whilst that might not sound too exciting either, designers Arhitektura Jure Kotnik brought the learners into the school’s every-changing architecture, and permanent play equipment to the children.

The colour of natural wood on one side, each slat is painted one of nine different bright colours on the other. Aside from providing the teachers and students with shade, children are able to play with slats at will, manipulating the colourful wooden planks to get to know different colours, experience wood as a natural material and constantly change the appearance of their kindergarten, all at the same time.

Kekec is an annex attached to the south side of an existing building and extending into the garden, creating an extra 130 m2 of playroom surfaces. The effect is of light and play: in friendly sized rooms, furniture locks into various formations and natural light streams through three sides and the roof. Washrooms are walled by glass, increasing the idea of space and making them visible to teachers.

Category: Summer 2013

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