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COBE : Frederiksvej Kindergarten

Officially inaugurated on February 4, the kindergarten of Frederiksvej in Denmark was designed by COBE, following a call for project supported by the municipality. The concept of the architects was to create a village for children, breaking down the traditional institutions large-scale and visually detached from the Danish urban habitat in general.

The kindergarten consists of 11 small houses grouped along different axes. Going against the current of current trends indicator to rise ever higher and ever larger buildings, the architects have contributed to the proliferation of small spaces, where every child can imagine and develop in his own universe.

The well-being of children is at the heart of this project:

"We want to create a kindergarten in a class of its own. Dan Stubbergaard, founder and director of COBE.

The architects were inspired by the way a child would draw a house. Thus, the roof is cleaned of any technical element, gutters, window frames. This very characteristic and simplified form is found in the small houses surrounding the main building dedicated to storage spaces. Similarly, inside the kindergarten, small structures with similar paces punctuate the space and shelter kitchenettes, cribs, play rooms or changing table.

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The two atriums in each building end interconnect the different floors and group rooms. They also take on the role of the central point, which meet children, parents and employees of the kindergarten. The railings are all tall and made of a metal mesh, which participates in the brightness and simplicity of the place, and allows each child to be visible at all times.

Project title: Frederiksvej Kindergarten

Place: Frederiksvej, Denmark.

Owner: Municipality of Frederiksvej

Mastery of work: COBE

Area: 1 700 m²

Cost of works: not disclosed

Calendar: 2015 delivery

Photographs: Rasmus Hjortshøj 

For more information, visit the website COBE.

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