Two-classroom kindergarten in Kradolf
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Nestled in rural
Thurgau, the kindergarten lies in the small village of Kradolf, south of the
existing school complex. This peripheral location amidst leafy shade trees
ensures the kindergarten blends harmoniously into the landscape. A riverside
path alongside the Thur encourages lingering on the edge of the school meadow.
At the same time, the two-storey layout runs parallel to a brook perpendicular
to the Thur, creating a shaded southern play area for the children. The seating
blossoming out of the façade works as another invitation to enjoy the outdoors
scenery, while, on the other side of the building, a playground serves as a
football field, with the kindergarten wall ready to act as a sturdy goal wall.
The differentiated façade structure coalesces the rationality of a school
building with the rural materiality of untreated spruce wood, incorporating the
influence of the surrounding landscape directly into the building. The typology
follows the logic of modern school architecture, with a pure timber framework
rising above a solid base of recycled concrete. The tripartite floor plan with
its easy, intuitive room distribution provides the children with coherent
spaces. Moreover, when combined with a robust approach to colours and
materials, this distinctive architectural concept generates the desired freedom
for playfulness and flexibility in future interventions. At the edge of the playing field, the kindergarten
also functions as a goal wall.