Miniapolis Day Care Centre: Essen Building

Miniapolis Day Care Centre, Essen Nursery Building, Germany Development, German Architecture

Essen Day Care Centre, Germany

German Nursery Development – design by JSWD Architekten / Chaix & Morel et Associés

2 May 2013

Miniapolis Nursery Essen

Design: JSWD Architekten with Chaix & Morel et Associés

Location: ThyssenKrupp Quarter, Essen, Germany

Essen Day Care Centre

The Miniapolis day care centre at the ThyssenKrupp Quarter has capacity for approx. 100 children in mixed age groups. The technical appeal of the building follows the requirements of education-focused “Reggio Pedagogy”.

Miniapolis Day Care Centre Essen
photo : Thomas Lewandowski

In addition to promoting scientific and technical affinity this concept focuses on education in mathematical thinking, music, language and exercise. The centre point of the building features a two-storey “piazza”. This village centre is surrounded by the six group rooms. They are complemented by a library, a wood workshop, a studio, a multi-purpose room and a computer room.

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photos : Thomas Lewandowski

Following the design principle of the campus the “rough surface” of the day care centre is generated by utilizing 3D-formed stainless steel panels that cover the building like a cloak. The vertical waves of the perforated panels transition seamlessly at all connecting sides.

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photos : Thomas Lewandowski

A special die was developed for punch-drawing the sheet, which enables a varying and continuous arrangement across the entire structure. Light and smooth surfaces were chosen for the floor, walls and ceilings of the “warm core” that contrast with the uneven outer surface.

Miniapolis Day Care Centre – Building Information

Client: ThyssenKrupp AG
Architectur: JSWD Architekten, Köln mit Chaix & Morel et Associés, Paris
User: Gemeinnützige Betreuungsgesellschaft für soziale Einrichtungen (BsE), Deutschen Roten Kreuzes, Landesverband Nordrhein

Address: ThyssenKrupp Allee 1, 45143 Essen, Germany
International competition: 1st prize, 2006
GFA: 2.100 m²
Completion: 2012

Construction Facade: Lummel, Karlstadt, Germany
Steel Panels Facade: Fielitz, Ingolstadt, Germany

Miniapolis Day Care Centre images / information from JSWD Architekten


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