Painting imaginary castles, blowing bubbles and lots of storytelling. Anyone viewing the world through children’s eyes has the potential to change it, both creatively and sustainably. To leave their mark upon it, of which they can be extremely proud. And because we can learn so much from children, we wanted to give something back. To them and their parents, who passionately contribute to atelier 522’s success. So we created “Knirpsgarten” for our children, their own little kingdom in the form of a large playground that allows them to experience the world around them. A place just waiting to be discovered, designed and sometimes even conquered. Or why else are we surrounded by so many magic forests?
Paying it forward
The aim of our in-house creche was and remains to create an individual, creative environment for children. A space that bestows safety, affection and confidence, while providing a sense of security. Looked after and taught by qualified preschool teachers and nursery nurses, our tots learn the need for social rules, while also being able to develop freely and informally.
Playful informality that is also reflected in the design: bright furniture and toys made from natural materials, plus a large painting table, a kitchen complete with an oven, as well as a cosy seating corner with no end of books. For reading aloud and letting their imagination run wild. All divided by small, yet delicate wooden houses. The existing elements are constantly rebuilt and swapped around to promote the children’s urge to explore and offer creative variety. Of course, this facility is clearly the work of our in-house designers.
And how our children love it!
Playing, running around and understanding the world as an open space: children attending our Knirpsgarten develop the self-confidence to freely address issues, try out different perspectives and rely on their own intuition. Inside and outside. For example, the enticing cherry orchard with its sandpit and paddock, which the children can reach on foot or by using our very own handcart.
In the nearby forest, they can seek and find adventures. We freshly and cheerfully communicate and invite open discussion of relevant themes, such as cultural events, on the “coloured board”. The adjoining communal kitchen invites children and adults to have lunch together, while playfully and casually teaching social interaction. For a very special sense of togetherness that makes returning to our desks seem like child’s play.