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19/02/2016

COBE, daycare in Frederiksberg (Denmark)

 
Looking like a small village, eleven small houses built by the Danish firm COBE make up a daycare institution in Frederiksberg, a neighborhood five kilometers from the ceter of Copenhagen. Resulting from a competition held in 2011, it follows a simple design that reinterprets children's usual idea of a house. A coherent layout was the priority in the process of forming diverse spaces to foster learning and creativity in the education of 182 children belonging to the 0–6 age range. The volumes are joined to one another but face different directions, rise different heights, and present different pitched roofs. Among black blocks, two white ones can be distinguished which serve to connect the whole complex at varying levels. Each of these white constructions contains an atrium bordered by metal screens. Natural light enters through the skylights and large windows, which look frameless and repeat a square pattern in changing sizes.
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