Competition: Honorable mention
Authors: Peter Gabrijelčič, Boštjan Gabrijelčič, Tomaž Budkovič, Aleš Gabrijelčič
The competition area encompasses an undeveloped space in the shape of a trapezoid, which is bounded on the north side by a noisy road to Kašelj village and on the west side by the railroad. To the south there is an elementary school with a large green space and playground, whereas to the east there are free-standing residential buildings. Part of the site is therefore located directly on the industrial rail; in addition it also encompasses a corridor of municipal infrastructure of primary character. The aim was to place kindergarten in the existing space, restricted on two sides by transport infrastructure, and relate it on the south side with the school surface and playground. According to the boundary conditions, we decided to design a ground floor nursery in the form of a horseshoe, which encompasses a large central green area, so that it opens up against the green space of the primary school but is at the same time closed off from distractions. The building is thus closed to the disturbing noises of the exterior, but on the other side fully opens via large glass surfaces, which, at the same time provide excellent lighting and a sense of spontaneous transition to the natural environment. The access to the building is from the Kašelj road. In front of the building there are parking spaces for the disabled, as well as short term parking places. Parking spaces for the staff and the parents are arranged in the underground floor, accessible via a ramp from Kašelj road. Underground level also features service and technical facilities. There are two main entrances to two separate units, accessible from a common entrance hall which opens towards the north front of the kindergarten with benches located under the shade of a tree. It is also possible to access the entrance hall from the underground garage via an internal staircase and elevator. Children’s playgrounds are located on the south side, on a large grassy area where smaller playground sections are arranged amidst trees and shrubs. Playgrounds are designed both for play as well as the training of various physical and mental abilities.