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 day care center is slightly elevated at Walter Scheel Platz. The building is positioned near the property boundary and defines the square in terms of urban planning.
The safe access is via a traffic-calmed side street. In the entrance area, a staircase bridges the slope. A protected, roofed entrance zone with ramp for barrier-free access is being created here.
The monolithic structure comprises two full floors and a partially built third floor. It is based on the neighboring town hall by taking up its building line and color canon. In this way, the new building blends in harmoniously with the existing square design and underlines the affiliation of the town hall and day care center. The three-storey part of the building marks the corner of Walter-Scheel-Platz. Material and color changes between the two- and three-storey structures structure the new building and at the same time emphasize the corner building.
A centrally arranged, two-story foyer is a meeting point for children and parents. This is followed by the management office and a therapy room on the ground floor. On the first floor, the foyer opens up a multi-purpose room for all groups. A separate access via the stairwell enables the organization of external events without affecting the ongoing kindergarten operation.
In the rear part of the building, two group areas are created on the ground and first floor. Each group is assigned an adjoining room, a bedroom, a storage room and a sanitary room. The bedrooms of the groups can also be reached via the general corridor and can be used across groups.
The fifth group area is built on the top floor. It can be used regardless of the operation of the floors below. A spacious, barrier-free terrace, which is accessible from the group and relaxation room, also allows you to spend time outdoors.