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Hestia Daycare Centre

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NEXT architects
location Amsterdam
function education, kindergarten
contributed by next-architects

This building was designed like a city. At the Hestia Children’s Centre children go on a voyage of discovery and can explore new places every day. This ties in with the Hestia centre’s approach to educating children, which is based on the idea that they already possess knowledge and skills that can be developed in a playful way. To that end, the centre has been built as a conglomeration of interconnected spaces. In this building you can wander from large spaces to small ones and from high areas to low ones, just like in a real city. Thanks to the centre’s large glass walls, it gets a lot of daylight. The transparency at the children’s eye level provides a feeling of continuity between the spaces. The outdoor areas also form part of this indoor city. This was achieved by treating the indoor and outdoor spaces as if they were the same. They form one big integrated ensemble and interact effortlessly, giving the children’s curiosity free rein.

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Hestia Daycare Centre
Uiterwaardenstraat 542
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