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Dorte Mandrup have nailed the concept of the building as a landscape for play

Turf rooftops, angled sliding walls and roofs doubling as stairs for sitting on (see link for Dezeen article), are all features that architects Dorte Mandrup have employed in their day-care centres that treat the building as a canvas for play.

Råå Day Care Center

Råå Day Care in Helsingborg, Sweden is connected to the local old fishing town's school. The architectural form an interpreation of the condensed viallge structure immersed in a dune.

The angled and undulating roof with skylights interspersed throughout, creates a multitude of spatial experiences for the children - to moving and irregular shaped shadows and light and a space to climb and sit on outside.

Marthagaarden Day Care Centre
To be situated in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, the proposed Marthagaarden Day Care Centre is a renovation and extension of two existing villas and a garden, the small-scale masterplan (integrating ladscape design, engineering and architecture) creating a protected environment for children to play. 

An accessible sunken courtyard, a rooftop playground and surrounding landscaped gardens are placed at different elevations, to create a varied topographical experience for the children users. 

Children's Culture House Ama'r
The design of the Children's Culture House Ama'r was conceived with the help of the children, whose fanciful ideas have helped to create a building that children of ages 0-18 years can call their own.

From Nild Regout, Head of Ama'r Children's Culture House:

"The Children’s Culture House mediates the varying scales of adjacent buildings through extruding and cutting their forms. The angles of the building are lowered to allow maximum sunlight to reach the neighboring courtyard. The expression of the Children’s Culture House is surprising and imaginative: the roof and facades are treated the same, and the House does not have a “start” and “end” as ordinary houses do."

The building is organised as a mountain with all insterior spaces being visually connected , bound by dynamic circulation. Flexible spaces and customised furniture enhance the children's creativity and active participation with the spaces.

Above, a sloped climbing wall leads to a wee "nook", while smooth stone pillows and colourful flying butterflies add to the magical space.

Day Care Centre Naestvedgade
This Day Care in Naestvegade, Copnehagen consists of a prism and a frame at the core of it's design. The prism shape used to create minimal shadow on the west-facing outdoor areas of the neighbouring housing estate and maximum outdoor space for play.

The goal of the design is for the children to appreciate a number of experiences; namely to experience the elements: earth, wind, water and fire, to experience the change of seasons and hours, to experience the surroundings from different positions, up and down, close and from far away; and to be able to expose one self or hide , to be alone or together, to be quiet or noisy and wild.

Day Care Centre Skanderborggade
The Day Care Centre in Skanderborggade, Copenhagen sits amongst a mix of desnse buildings from the turn of the 19th century. Due to this, the site for the day care gets very little sun. Furthermore, regulations allowed for the building to go no higher than one-storey. This called for a design with an inner courtyard to retrieve the sun and for the play areas to extend to the roof, thus maximising the space to obtain an indoor-outdoor connection.

Features of the Day Care include a swing forest in the area underneath the slope from the rooftop to the classrooms, a circular turfed courtyard and slope with sticky plastic bean bags, and a colouful and spotty roof garden featuring mounds, sand boxes, a water zone and swings.

It is a design that shows tight restrictions may result in imaginative solutions.

Via Dorte Mandrup and Architecture News Plus.


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