An optimal orientation guarantees a sufficient amount of daylight entering the daycare centre. It also offers broad views towards the southern playground. This results in a compact volume with roof terrace. The volume contains the administrative, technical and quiet rooms. In between this volume and the playground sits a transition zone, a transparent ‘outer room’. Two diagonal sightlines visually connect the street to the playground in the back by crossing the compact volume. These peepholes nestle the building in its surrounding context. A wooden fence at the west side of the building creates a private, enclosed playground . After opening hours of the daycare centre, the fence closes towards the building, making the playground publically accessible. As such, the building is multifunctional and flexible: at certain moments it withdraws as a turtle to its shell, at other moments it acts as a playful hare (Photos Filip Dujardin).
Year: 2009 - 2013
Status: built (competition winner)
Surface area: 1.278m²
Client: city council of Kasterlee