In a Montessori classroom, “studying corners” promote independence and nurture kids’s curiosity. In observe, they imply that youngsters can independently select their most well-liked exercise for the day and get on with it in a specialised space devoted to their wants: whether or not that’s gardening or constructing a bench in an outside enclave, studying within the e book nook, drawing within the arts spot, or cooking within the kitchen.
This idea was on the core of NoArchitects’ design of the Astra Montessori kindergarten in Klecany, a small city close to Prague. Raised between 2014 and 2019, the ensuing constructing is fashioned from 5 completely different areas, every thrusting out from a central core, however nonetheless related to one another by way of rounded corners. Along with the raised construction, the backyard can be segmented right into a terrace and a grass garden.
In addition to its ideological roots, the form of the constructing was additionally primarily based on sensible wants: NoArchitects chased the daylight, in a bid to keep away from darkish corners. “If you happen to ever noticed a graphic of daylight depth in an inside, it seems to be a bit like this format,” Jakub Filip Novák from NoArchitects tells The Calvert Journal.
White and minimalist inside and outside, the kindergarten inside is adorned with pure supplies, aligned with the Montessori philosophy of treating kids with the identical respect one would deal with adults.
Among the many only a few purely ornamental parts of the design are picket and gray origami-like sculptures representing animals. The architects have been impressed to create the items after one assembly the place their purchasers introduced them with “instruments” (a key idea in Montessori training is avoiding the time period “toys”, and utilizing the idea ‘studying instruments’ as a substitute). “We favored it and the concept it represents: small youngsters are studying learn how to develop their understanding of the world they dwell in and the folks they meet,” Novák says. Certainly, the important thing precept that the architects quote on the prime of their Montessori undertaking is: “The world doesn’t belong to obedient kids. The world belongs to those that know the world effectively sufficient to have the ability to change it.”
By way of their design, NoArchitects additionally hoped to instill kids with curiosity in the direction of structure itself. “Our ambition was to organize a segmented surroundings on the restricted land obtainable, in a means that may entice the kids’s curiosity and assist them to understand the world and take into consideration structure as one thing new and intriguing,” they clarify.
As a public place, the kindergarten has additionally change into a key assembly spot in Klecany. Set in a small suburban city, the constructing was initially an “island” between three roads. Architects and house owners have since been capable of pedestrianise one of many streets, which has made the place quieter and friendlier. “[The building] has since change into a landmark,” Novák provides, “locals have their very own nicknames for it and organise rendezvous there – everybody is aware of it.”