When designing spaces and interiors for the youngest, it is necessary to slightly change the perspective, after all, as the architects from the Wroclaw-based PORT studio write, the world seen from the level of a child's eyes presents itself differently from that observed by adults. Guided by this thought, the designers undertook the task of converting a part of an elementary school in Warsaw into a kindergarten adapted to the needs of the youngest.
We based the design on placing all the elements in the halls exclusively at the children's eye level, leaving what is above as the background. We wanted to make sure that after the remodeling of the existing interiors, the little users would feel that the space was designed with them in mind," write architects from the PORT studio.
sketch of the corridor
Thanks to the reconstruction, kindergarten classrooms adapted to the children's perspective were created. The inner corridors, thanks to openings in the walls, have been illuminated with daylight, and in addition, the introduced recesses act as seats and allow children to look into the neighboring rooms allowing interaction. The rooms are dominated by bright colors - white, a natural shade of wood, gray and a few turquoise accents.
Photo: Jakub Certowicz
Since the facade of the existing school building on Namysłowska Street is surrounded by conservation protection, the architects did not have the option of lowering the parapets so that the children would have a view of the courtyard.
We found the solution in the platforms, which allow children to observe what's going on outside, build up the topography of the area inside the room, and additionally serve as storage compartments for toys, the designers add.
platforms also function as toy storage compartments
photo: Jakub Certowicz
In order to make the building accessible to people with disabilities, the elderly or those with a baby carriage, a yellow ribbon-shaped ramp was designed, which winds its way up against the historic gray facade while enlivening the building. In addition, the staircase was unified and extended across the full width of the building so that it could serve as a grandstand for the playground and an agora for school and kindergarten gatherings.
yellow ramp in the form of a ribbon
This is not the only project of the Wroclaw architectural studio tailored to the needs of young users. The team of architects also has to its credit the original interior of an elementary school in Milicz.