arge rollimarchini / wahlirüefli: Kindergarten Himmelrych, Ins - best architects 22

arge rollimarchini / wahlirüefli

Kindergarten Himmelrych, Ins

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education buildings


Ins, Switzerland


Manuel Stettler


The project continues the existing urban planning principle of the school. A longitudinal structure is placed orthogonally to the Rebstockweg at the northeast corner of the site. The new, single-story building forms the end of the existing playground without impairing its quality in terms of sun exposure and enables the orchard meadow of the kindergarten in the south to be preserved. The building is divided into sections according to its function. These are gradually stepped down to follow the natural topography of the site. At the head of the building are the two classrooms, which are assigned to the existing school complex. The music hall is situated beneath the southern end of the building. It is partly used externally and is therefore oriented towards the village centre. The kindergartens are separated by shared intermediary spatial units. Two ramps lead from the cloakroom to the respective kindergartens. These allow the sloping topography to be experienced within the building, while also serving to divide the kindergarten interior into a main room and group space. The building is the first Minergie-A-ECO certified school building in Canton Bern.