The evangelistic Churchcomunity Berlin Bohnsdorf-Grünau provided a plot at the corner of Neptun Street to Schulzendorfer Street in Berlin, Germany. The plots level is even and partly settled with big trees. The border to the Neptun Street is marked by a small hill which is surrounded by trees.
The architectonic concept relies on the base of the educational concept of the Kindergarden “Apfelbäumchen”. By considering the Spacial conditions of the small hill and the trees the linear one floor building was set orthogonal to the Neptun Street along the east border of the plot.
The linear building is central opened over a row of secondary rooms. The Entry is followed by a Foyer and a multipurpose room which opens to the garden. The Kindergarden and the creche work like apartements and each have a entry from the foyer. This strongens the indiiduality of the two functions.
The arrangement of the homerooms and the multy purpose room underlines the linearity of the building. The direct connection to the garden is one of the main focus.The multy purpose room in the center functions as a pedagocical connection of the Kindergarden.
The kindergarden and the creche have both a terrace at the end of the building which opens to the garden and helps to connect the rooms to the outside. The fassade is made in brick, and the terrasses are made of wood. Natural materials are characterizing the appearance.
The roof is extensivly greened and partialy used for solarenergy gain. The building is heated with gas.
Location: Berlin, Germany Architect: Winkens Architekten
Project: New building Kindergarden
Name: Forscherkindergarten Apfelbäumchen
Client: Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Bohnsdorf-Grünau
Team: Karl-Heinz Winkens, Marcel Klebs
– under 3 years 22 childrens
– over 3 years 23 childrens
– GFA 550 sqm
– Plot Area 6500 sqm
– Building time October 2010 – July 2011 Photographs: Courtesy of Winkens Architekten