Imagine an entire city for just children. Or rather, a sprawling kindergarden and youth center for the tricycle set, with its own neighborhoods, houses, public spaces, parks, stadium, fire station, lookout tower and beach hotels.
COBE and NORD Architects, PK3 and engineering firm Grontmij will design the largest preschool and daycare center in Denmark. The Prinsessegade Kindergarten and Youth Center will open in Copenhagen in 2014 for about 618 children. The site is located on a triangular plot between the neighborhood of Christiania to the south, the urban blocks of Prinsessegade to the west and a canal to the east, rivaling most college campuses in terms of comprehensiveness.
The goal of the mini-civilization is to encourage student interests in a wide array of fields: at the center’s restaurant, kids up to the age of 6 can eat together and help the chef in preparing lunches, as well as take care of the rooftop greenhouse’s sunflowers and tomatoes. Both younger (ages up to 6) and older (ages 7 to 13) students can access the bright-red fire station, which will also serve as a garage for “moon cars” and store garden equipment. Older kids can get artsy at the multi-story “factory” (nurturing future Andy Warhols, perhaps?) and roast marshmallows at the hollow metal “beach hotel” facing the water. There’s even a solar-panel-roof City Hall for musicals and Christmas shows, with a wooden deck for the warmer summer months.
Take a peek at the renderings below, courtesy of COBE: