- Project Info
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Design Team: Stephan Birk, Liza Heilmeyer, Martin Frenzel, Jochen Günzler, Mykola Holoviznin, Hanna Weber
Area: 1,221 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten
All in-house activities hinge on the central “village square”. The well-balanced void and its skylight offer a connection to the outdoor area. This makes the change of day time and seasons perceptible and creates a pleasant natured mood in the interior. Reminiscent of a windmill eight “building blocks” are arranged over two storeys arround the village square. These accommodate the group rooms and other building areas. Spreading the functions over the four building blocks per storey gives sufficient leeway to allow for various configurations within the building block series of day-care centres for children. This way we can react to the respective conditions on site and to different needs of service in terms of the age groups (children under the age of 3, nursery school or after school club). The attached steel-structure loggia serves as transition area from inside to outside. A wide textile screen for sun protection spans between the steel pillars.
The KiTa (childcare centre) “Schöne Aussicht” located at Frankfurt’s Riedberg is the first completed project of the building block design series. The five-group facility has now been commissioned and during the day it offers living space for around 100 children. Located on a terraced site the KiTa “Schöne Aussicht” offers a view on the steadily growing urban district and the Frankfurt skyline.