Knirpsgarten

Multi-coloured
kids’ world

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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.