Childcare centre, Maria Enzersdorf
MARIA ENZERSDORF (AT) - In 2008, the joint venture of MAGK and illiz architektur won the invited competition for a childcare centre in the affluent suburbs south of Vienna. An existing 19th-century, Wilhelminian-style school was to be extended by eight primary school classes, an after-school care club and a kindergarten with kitchen. After three years of planning and building the existing classrooms, the new primary school, the crèche and the kindergarten form one of the largest childcare centres in Lower Austria.
The broken building volume is so interlaced that it by no means competes with the traditional, smaller dimensioned structures in its surroundings. Thus the building complex is seen as a part of the community from its very beginning.
MAGK illiz architects allowed L-shaped bodies to form various spaces for learning and playing. In this way both good orientation and quick accessibility for children and adults is provided by a simple routing system between the functional areas of the two-floor ensemble by differing the design of doors, cloakrooms and wall panels in an individual range of colours for each area of activity, facilities that can also be recognized from the outside. 'Pixels' protrude into the corridors, used by the children as retreats in which to read and cuddle up.
A new entrance area connects the existing school with the new structure, and is also used as an assembly hall. The facade is developed as a 'pixelated' white envelope. Its surfaces alternate between smooth and rough plaster, which, particularly in grazing light, creates a vivid impression. All activity areas have green surfaces. The playground area is labelled with an orange rubber surface and the roof terrace works as a racecourse for Bobby-Cars.
The material and construction concept is characterised by the high standards imposed on ecological sustainability. Additionally, the new building conforms to passive house standards.
Sunday | 5 February | 2012 | Austria | Ursula Haberle