new-build project'Klingenbande' daycare centre, Solingen
The City of Solingen has been working towards integrating working and family life, and has been establishing a new daycare centre close to City Hall for the children of City Hall employees with this goal in mind. The new build and its attached outdoor facilities provide enough room for up to five daycare groups.
The building structure dominates the overall layout of the square.
A traffic-calmed side street provides safe access. A stairway covers the slope at the entrance area. This ensures a protected and covered entrance to the building.
The monolithic structure encompasses two full floors plus one partly superstructed upper floor. In terms of colour and alignment, the building is based in its design on the neighbouring City Hall building, keeping the new building in harmony with its urban surroundings on the square.
The three-floor building corners on Walter-Scheel-Platz. The materials and colour combinations between the two and three-floor buildings give them visual structure while also emphasising the corner development.
A centrally placed two-floor foyer provides a place for children and parents to meet. The foyer opens to the director’s office and therapy room on the ground floor, and a multipurpose room on the first floor above ground.
Separate access via the enclosed staircase provides for the possibility of external events without impinging on normal operation.
Two group areas for the ground floor and first floor above ground are being built on the rear side of the building. Each group will have a designated room each for sleeping, storage, and sanitary facilities, and an additional utility room. The groups’ sleeping rooms are accessible from the common hallway and can be used by more than one group at once.
The fifth group area is being built on the top floor. A generously dimensioned terrace is ideal for outdoor activities.