Type: Daycare centre Location: Amsterdam Client: Hestia Team: Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, Claudia Linders, Joost Lemmens, Emanuelle Faustle, Pieter Mulder, Filipe Pocas, Daniel Aw, Marieke Spits Collaborator / associate: Bureau Claudia Linders Floor area / size: 500 sqm Cost: Euro 670.000 Status: Final design
2013-04-22 Presentation yearbook: Architecture in the Netherlands 2012/2013 2013-02-01 Hestia in De Architect 2012-02-21 Vote for Hestia Building of the Year 2012 2011-11-11 inauguration 2011-07-13 on site 2011-06-01 Topping out 2011-02-14 under construction 2010-12-06 Start construction 2009-08-16 Building permit daycare center
The Hestia Day-Care Centre follows the philosophy of Reggio Emilia. This philosophy also contains a number of explicit statements on architecture, which have been translated into a spatial concept for the new building.
The building as a city, as a collection of rooms: the building becomes a collection of different spaces in which the children can discover new places all the time; may go on a voyage of discovery. All of the spaces are connected to each other just as they are in a real city and you can go from a big room to a small one, from a high room to a low one.
A framework of service modules provides structure: the various spaces are structured by being fit into a grid. The body includes all service modules, such as sanitary facilities, store rooms and bedrooms.
Interior-exterior continuity: the grid is not confined to the building but also becomes the design concept for the exterior space. The rooms may be decorated with different hard surfaces and plants. The exterior is extended throughout the building by designing various rooms like exterior space.
Different perceptions of scale: different scales can be experienced as a result of the subtle use of height differences between the rooms themselves. In the central space, the large scale is perceptible because of the way the group spaces are separated, a smaller scale is perceptible because of the height and an even smaller scale is perceptible because of the sheltered spaces.