The kindergarten is part of the new residential area in Yu Hang in the east of Hangzhou, China. The three-storey new building, Kindergarden 180 is planned for 180 children in 6 groups dependant on their age. Each group has a separate cluster consisting of an own bedroom, changing/bath, and playroom.

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Client: Hangzhou Jiahe Real Estate GmbH
CN-310007 Hangzhou, P.R. China
Architect: Peter Ruge Architekten
Peter Ruge, Matthias Matschewski, Hyesook Ahn,  Olivia Grande
Project partner: DBH Stadtplanungs GmbH, Hangzhou
Zhejiang Zhongshe Engineering Design Co. Ltd

Location: Hangzhou, Zheijang Province, P.R. China
Design of a new kindergarten, Kindergarden 180  for approximately 180 children in 6 groups with separate bedrooms, changing/bathroom, and playroom for each group, as well indoor and outdoor playgrounds, music room and sports room, kitchen, service, and administration.
Scope of services: Preliminary design, design planning, consultation for the approval and execution planning
Plot:  2.750 sqm
Building GFA: 1.970 sqm
Completion: 2018

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Peter Ruge Architekten GmbH
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Kindergarden 180 By Peter Ruge Architekten GmbH - Sheet1The central area of Kindergarden 180 is bounded to the left and right by the stacked volumes of the clusters and to the north by a service volume. This open three-story high space is like a large atrium and natural light can be used through a big glass roof.

The three different levels are accessed by two stairs and have space for different activities and can be used as indoor playgrounds for all children.

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Kindergarden 180 By Peter Ruge Architekten GmbH - Sheet2In the separate service, volumes are rooms for the common kitchen and dining, health care center, and a small administration with a separate staircase. An additional elevator ensures access for handicapped people on all floors.

Kindergarden 180 By Peter Ruge Architekten GmbH - Sheet3The outdoor area is designed with different green areas and an additional sports field. The low-cost building is planned with simple concrete construction and an insulated plastered facade.

Peter Ruge Architekten is an international architectural and urban design firm with an office in Berlin, Germany.

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Prof. Peter Ruge runs the company and has over 20 years of experience realizing buildings and urban developments across Europe and Asia and he is a certified Passive House Designer.

He has lectured at various locations. Currently, he teaches Sustainable Design at Hochschule Anhalt / Dessau Institute of Architecture (Bauhaus) and he is a visiting professor at the Shenyang Jianzhu University in China.

For Peter Ruge Architekten a wide range of prospects has opened up concerning sustainable optimization of existing portfolios, residential developments, and city planning. In addition to various awards, three projects by Peter Ruge have been awarded a national certification for sustainable architecture.

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