Van Aartsen & Partners
Buildings for education
Like a tiny sheltered village, the various indoor and outdoor spaces of this crèche nestle between two extended walls of black brick. Each group has its own place in the complex, with its own front door off the centrally-placed main communal space, and its own outdoor area along the outer walls. A variety of brick and wood types, and the size and scale of building parts and elements are tuned to a childlike (rather than childish) view of the world.