hugging the garden

Reißgasse 2, Klosterneuburg Kierling Niederösterreich 48°18'34.8"N 16°16'40.5"

The kindergarten is situated on the downward slope to the Kierlingbach in such a way that it absorbs the one-story height difference. The kindergarten is entered from the street on the second floor. In keeping with the local appearance, only one story is visible from the street. The facade is slightly set back and forms a small square.

In the building, which borders on the street to the north and opens to the garden towards the south, the children can experience nature, the weather and the changing of the seasons in a playful way. The entrance with the coat rooms and secondary zones conveys order, while the group rooms stand for free play and allow for a variety of uses. The fragmented form creates visual relationships with the site, the garden and the adjoining groups.

A roofed area in front of the group rooms makes it possible to take a few steps outside even in bad weather. It also protects against overheating and too much sunlight.
Two staircases from the terrace on the upper floor lead to the play garden.
The movement rooms are designed differently on the two levels: the open movement room on the garden floor, which can also be used as a theater and internal screening room with its seating steps, and the closed movement room on the entrance floor above.