The Instant House @ School competition focuses on Scuola dell’infanzia (Kindergartens or Nursery schools). The competition is looking for architectural ideas relating to the many ways that children perceive and interpret the world around them through the multi-sensory experience of space and architecture.
The Competition invites entrants to submit projects for a Kindergarten for children aged 3 to 6. The location is Via Ugo Betti, Milan (Italy).
The project may encompass a single building or several buildings, and the architecture should fit the surrounding area and ideally form a bridge between the neighbourhood and the children. The design should emphasise the relationship between architecture and nature, between indoors and outdoors, as a must for a nursery school that aims to create an organic link between the children, nature and the city. The Competition also requires projects to include the area outside the property, i.e. for outdoor learning, using nature, the cityscape and the environment as drivers of the architectural proposal.
The project should thus also devote some thought to developing an innovative programme capable of accommodating both individual spaces and collective spaces. Almost as if the city were somehow contaminating “outside” users, and in turn, the users were contributing certain aspects of their experience to the local neighbourhood and community. An open, inclusive school made of welcoming, exciting spaces that nonetheless also protects and envelops the children and helps them to relate to the outside world, the neighbourhood and the city.
The design concept should seek the most innovative use of space for the various educational functions, and likewise the most innovative use of materials and techniques, while displaying a unique environmental sensitivity. The challenge therefore lies in designing a project that is affordable, well constructed and financially and socially sustainable.
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Registration for the 2013 Instant House Competition will open in May. After registration, participants must upload projects in this section.