Painting castles in the air, blowing bubbles and lots of storytelling. Seeing the world through children’s eyes has the potential to change it creatively and sustainably. To leave footprints on it that you can really be proud of. And because we can learn so much from children, we wanted to give something back. To them and their parents, who are part of atelier 522 with all their passion. With the “Knirpsgarten” we have created a little realm of our own for our youngest, which offers the opportunity to experience the world around them as a big playground. A place that wants to be discovered, designed and here and there also conquered. Or why else do we have so many magic forests around us?
Pass on the good
The aim of our integrated day care was and is to create an individual and nurturing environment for children. A space that provides security, affection and trust and at the same time conveys safety. Supervised and guided by qualified educators and childminders, the tots learn the necessity of social rules, but also the possibility to develop freely and without constraint.
Playful informality, which is also reflected in the design: bright furniture and toys made of natural materials, plus a large painting table, a kitchen with an oven and a cosy snug corner with books without end. To read aloud and let your imagination wander. All this is structured by small but fine wooden houses. Existing elements are constantly being rebuilt and exchanged to encourage the children’s urge to discover and to offer creative variety. There is no question that our in-house designers were clearly at work on the furnishings.
Kids, how fun!
Playing, romping and understanding the world as an open place: The children in our Knirpsgarten develop the naturalness to approach things freely, to take different perspectives and to rely on their own intuition. Inside and outside. For example, the cherry orchard, which can be reached on foot or with the children’s own trolley, attracts the little ones with its sandpit and paddock.
Adventures can be sought and found in the nearby forest. Relevant topics, such as cultural events, are communicated cheekily and cheerfully on the “colourful board” and invite to open cooperation. The adjacent communal kitchen invites young and old to have lunch together and teaches social interaction in a playful way. A very special sense of togetherness that makes the return to work almost child’s play.
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