Day care centre "Miniapolis", Thyssenkrupp Quarter Essen
Client: ThyssenKrupp AG / Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
1st prize international competition 2006
In cooperation with Chaix & Morel et Associés, Paris
Completion 2012

The “Miniapolis” day care centre is located on the premises of Thyssenkrupp Quarter in Essen. The facility has capacity to accommodate 105 children from aged 4 months to school starting age in mixed age groups. The proposal developed together with all parties included the idea to lend a technical look-and-feel to the building. The facility, which is operated by BsE, follows the principle of education-focused “Reggio Pedagogy”. In addition to promoting a scientific and technical affinity it focuses on education in mathematical thinking, music, languages and exercise. “Reggio-Pedagogy” provides an exceptionally broad framework for the day care centre. The “centre point” of the building features a central, two-storey “piazza”. It is a site for common events, a place to meet. The six daily childcare core groups extend from here. The core groups are accommodated in several rooms located around this “village piazza”. The groups are complemented by a library, a wood workshop, a studio, a multi-purpose and a computer room.

Photos: Thomas Lewandovski, Michael Wolff

See also

Center for Wind Power Drives

School Center of Clausen

Fraunhofer-Institute TZA

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