Floornature presents one other current inside redevelopment undertaking entrusted to No Architects of Prague. Additionally within the capital metropolis, we appeared a while in the past on the design of an condominium in Dejvice, providing an uncommon viewpoint on transformation of an inside with an unlucky format. No Architects founders Daniela Baráčková and Jakub Filip Novak managed to revive unity and communication to a sequence of remoted features, altering the circulation within the condominium.
Malvina nursery is a 120 sq. metre house on a single stage in a multiservice constructing in Karlín, in Prague 8, northeast of the town centre. It’s situated in a contemporary neighbourhood, a former industrial zone on the town’s outskirts which is now busy all day and gives quite a lot of leisure. The nursery, for kids aged 9 months to 2 years, is situated in a big workplace house accessed from the bottom flooring through a spiral staircase. Past the nursery entrance on the prime of the steps, an nameless room marked the infants’ passage from their dad and mom care to that of the lecturers. Entry to a big primary open house marked the purpose for saying goodbye, separated just by a door. Past this level, a single room, too giant for kids who’ve simply realized to stroll, and with none type of shelter, containing only some cell gadgets of furnishings, provided a lot of vibrant toys however no exact practical identification, apart from the kitchen and bogs.
What might look to adults like a pure technique of approaching a vacation spot represents, for such tiny kids, a sequence of difficulties culminating in separation from their households. In view of this, No Architects targeted their consideration on visible and spatial notion of the nursery, the sense of welcoming and belonging that may be conveyed by good structure, designing all of the features from the kids’s standpoint.
To begin with, all of the areas within the nursery have been given a exact function, assigning them explicit furnishings, colors, and particular graphics recognisable even by babies. A wall was knocked all the way down to enlarge the world by which they are saying goodbye to their dad and mom, creating customised lockers and storage areas so each baby has his or her personal private house; on the identical time, the architects present the dad and mom who accompany them to the nursery with a particular stepped building on which to put the kids to decorate and undress them. For as all dad and mom know, bending down to decorate and undress babies a number of instances on daily basis, whereas juggling luggage and jackets, isn’t the best factor on the earth: No Architects take a easy step to make this process extra handy, and the kids can select the precise step for his or her top, making the process right into a sport.
Nice consideration has been paid to the second of claiming goodbye, an advanced and tough time for everybody concerned. By opening a giant window of curious form onto the principle corridor, the kids can nonetheless see their dad and mom exterior the room because the lecturers carry them inside, and their dad and mom have time to blow them one final kiss. One other egg-shaped window permits dad and mom to peek into the nap space once they come to choose up their kids on the exit.
The few inside partitions have been knocked down and changed with partitions which kind the house somewhat than subdividing it, so that it’ll proceed to be perceived as a single house although each operate has a exact space of its personal. Napping kids are now not remoted in a closed room, however lie down behind a rounded wall with two panes of glass to make sure it’s seen always from anyplace within the nursery. Within the southwest nook is a mushy play space, with ramps and some steps on which kids can apply their motorial abilities, in addition to anthropomorphic niches and little hiding-places to multiply and differentiate their actions. The furnishings are designed in response to the out there house, to appear to be a structural a part of the house somewhat than juxtaposed with it, in order that the kids get pleasure from a extra immersive expertise within the play and studying space.
The kitchen, previously a closed house accessible to adults solely, has been moved into the center of the house, and an island constructed on a baby’s scale transforms it right into a spatial fulcrum. Advanced in form, with compartments that kids can enter with out having the ability to attain harmful kitchen utensils, the island stimulates and responds to kids’s pure curiosity about meals. A decrease space permits them to succeed in the snacks ready for them on their very own, whereas a window permits the lecturers to keep watch over kids utilizing the bogs behind the wall of the kitchen space.
The lunch tables are set to 1 facet, constructed at completely different heights which may be freely mixed to adapt them as the kids develop whereas permitting them to kind little teams or sit all collectively.
The selection of wooden, birch plywood or MDF, and cautious selection of colors permits the nursery to welcome kids with a particular id of its personal: lamps, coverings and furnishings are all custom-designed all the way down to the smallest particulars. Capabilities are much less separate and extra coordinated, permitting the lecturers to realize higher management and supervision of the kids. Two cumbersome structural pillars have been lined with wooden and made into playful totem poles or refuges for kids solely, finishing this extremely stimulating surroundings.
Architects: No Architects
Writer Jakub Filip Novák, Daniela Baráčková
Collaborators: Barbora Jelínek, Kristýna Plischková
Location: Křižíkova 159/56, Prague 8 – Karlín (Czech Republic)
Mission 12 months: 2020
Completion 12 months: 2021
Constructed-up Space: 120 sqm
Gross Flooring Space: 130 sqm
Usable Flooring Space: 120 sqm
Plot dimension: 500 sqm
Shopper: MALVÍNA – artwork kindergarten
PVC flooring, furnishings – coloured MDF, birch plywood, Corian
Photographer: Studio Flusser, email@example.com, www.studioflusser.com