Prague Cerveny Vrch Kindergarden
LOCATION: Prague, Czech Republic
CLIENT: Prague 6 Municipality
TEAM: sastudio | Tiago Sá, Tereza Konášová
Size: 3500 m2
The kindergarden consists in courtyard building, composed of gabled volumes, giving the space the intimacy and protection of a space for children, while appearing as a series of small houses, providing the project with a home-like scale.
All indoor spaces, their dimmensions and proportions, are tought for children and are cradled in natural light to create bright, warm spaces.
Followed by a small entrance chamber are the cloak rooms, so kids can drop their wet clothes at the entrance moment, as well as pick them up when going to play in the exterior grounds, ensuring the interior spaces to be more easily clean.
This space extends as an interior ‘winter garden’, an area that connects all spaces, that opens up to the play area towards north, becoming a greater play space when weather conditions don’t allow to play outside.
Facing east and the exterior playng grounds are located the four classrooms. Preceded by a small transition space for teachers and toilets, are composed by learning, playing and dining area at ground level, and sleeping at mezzanine.
The terrace space in between classrooms and exterior fields works as an extension of classrooms where kids can play ‘outside’ protected from weather and without having to go through cloackrooms to change clothes. This transition corridor performs as a thermal buffer, creating a progressive transition between inside and outside climate.