Since January 2019, 85 children from ten months old to school age have discovered and explored the colorful worlds in the daycare center Weltenbummler. An annual castling of the premises was the basis of the design concept. The pedagogical concept implies that the age-homogeneous groups move one room, and thus color, per year. The planning of the new building and the interior design took place in cooperation with Weise Architects and Gewers Pudewill Architects.
Client — BIK e.V.
Size — 765 sqm for 85 children
Service — LPH 1-8, interior design
Completion — 01/2019
Location — Berlin
Each children’s group has a room with their own color scheme, so orientation in the new two-story building is a breeze. One experience zone per group room is monochrome in color, the rest of the room remains simple and white. In addition, the children should be able to arrive here in peace every day. Upstairs, in the rooms for 4-6 year olds, the colors are brighter and also the platforms offer much higher demands on the children’s motor skills. The color bays define a framework that is designed to allow children to follow their natural curiosity, to move without danger and thus to have their own experiences. Different offerings of movable and fixed elements such as caves, ramps, plateaus, and free-hanging bamboo poles provide options but do not specify one-dimensional uses. The children are allowed to move freely, choose freely and let their imagination run wild.
In order to support their curiosity, we introduced versatile elements that can be moved and transformed by the children themselves. Movement is paramount at this institution. Islands, caves and niches, multifunctional adventure shelves and climbing poles invite you to romp around. If you are tired of all the action, you can rest and retreat at the protected plateau. The daycare center’s guidance system is characterized by clear colors and shapes.
The cloakroom is an important place for exchange between parents and educators. In addition, the children should be able to arrive here in peace every day. This area is spacious, has plenty of storage, and offers cozy and relaxing seating islands. The colored dressing aid makes the changing of little ones a pleasure. Colors are combined together in areas common to all groups and ages, such as wardrobes, toilets, staircases and even in the outside areas, which are also designed by baukind.