TypeDay care centre
LocationKönigshorster Straße 8a, 13435 Berlin
ClientKindertagesstätten Nordwest, Eigenbetrieb von Berlin
ArchitectsKSV Krüger Schuberth Vandreike Planung und Kommunikation GmbH
Team LA.BAREike Richter, Maria Möser, Julian Engmann
Period2015 - 2020
Phases1 - 9
Costs395.000 EUR
Area2865 sqm

The nursery in Königshorster Straße is located in the Märkisches Viertel, close to the Senftenberger Ring. The urban environment of the new kindergarten building is characterised by high-rise buildings, generous public open spaces and outdoor facilities for public use, the nearby district centre and the neighbouring Thomas-Mann-Oberschule (secondary school). To the north, the property borders an extensive recreation area with green spaces and water. Although it is located in the centre of the large housing estate, the site remains secluded and idyllic in a park-like setting.

The building is surrounded to the west and south by an open space that can be used for playing activities. The structure of the open space relates to the building and, with its various play and planting areas, different surfaces and natural materials, creates an interesting open space for children of pre-school age. The building is surrounded by a large terrace, which is a connecting element for all play areas. The entrance areas for the nursery building and the garden are located on the east side of the building. Bicycle storage spaces and parking spaces for disabled persons are provided here. On the north side, there is a rubbish pergola with an equipment storage room in the service yard. The garden area was slightly modelled in its height proportions and subdivided into three different play areas: a play area for children "over 3 years" (Ü3) with a climbing structure on a hill, an area for children "under 3 years" (U3) in the southern part of the open space with a sand area as well as a community play area with a sand construction site and corresponding intermediate area.

The area was planted with a long flowering hedge in the northern delivery area. Seven small-crowned trees frame the play areas. Three amber trees were planted in the northern part of the open space. The communal play area is separated from the sand play area of the U3 children by a planting of grasses. The vegetation area can optionally be supplemented with communal planting areas, in the sense of an educational garden. The day care centre is separated from the neighbouring school to the south by a hedge cabinet made of spherical willows, which can be used for hide-and-seek play. A lawn to the west of the gathering area is used for free play.