26.4.2021

Desiging better Schools and Kindergartens with wood

“Children are one third of our population and all of our future,” stated Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health already in year 1981. Today we sign this statement better than ever and people want to enable the best possible living environment for the most important ones by creating an ambiance where it is good to live, learn and grow.

When choosing the construction materials for school and kindergarten projects the architects appreciate sustainable and safe materials which provide better environment for the kids to spend their days. Various studies show that wood use in buildings has clear psychological and health benefits, lowering stress levels and increasing creativity and positive social interactions.  Due to all the benefits, wood is now being selected as a building material for more and more schools and kindergartens, including indoors. Now days the choice of wood is increasingly also a matter of values.

LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE BARCELONA
PRE-SCHOOL, Spain

Lycée Français de Barcelona is a modern addition to a series of temporary buildings from the early twentieth century. Inspired by nature. This modern school nestling into a timber shell, revolutionizes the way we think about schools. The tangible evidence of the forest brought back to the young ones, promotes improved air quality and creativity.

“For this project we were looking for a sustainable and natural wood material. Lunawood has excellent technical characteristics, but in my opinion it is also the most beautiful wooden material”, Pablo Garrido, Partner Architect and Technology Director, b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

SAVANNEN NURSERY, Denmark

Savannen Nursery is a gathering of three kindergarten into one, featured with sustainable and toxic-free Lunawood Thermowood facade. There is room for playing and learning both inside as well as outside in the fantastic surroundings.

‘We designed Savannen Nursery with high architectural aims. For the façades, we wanted a material that would yield a lovely patina and present minimal maintenance demands. We wanted warm, friendly, “touchable” façades for the little kids. In addition, we wanted to give each “house” – each nursery space – a distinct identity and scale. We achieved all of this by using well‑differentiated wood panelling with Lunawood Thermowood.’ Sofie Peschardt, Architect, Partner, CEO of Nordic – Office of Architecture

EATON SOCON PRESCHOOL IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom

The current state of this preschool in Cambridgeshire is the result of an ingenious father whose child was enrolled in this very same school. With the assistance of additional help and funding, Eaton Socon Preschool utilized Lunawood Thermowood and transformed into a natural environment, boosting the wellbeing, health and creativity of the pre-schoolers.

“Lunawood is stable and doesn’t warp and move as natural cladding might do over time. We also wanted its rich colour because we wanted it to contrast against the black. We needed it to be of a good life cycle as well as durable and it needed to have that natural aesthetic that we wanted in this pre-school environment”, Simon Devlin, Devlin Architects Ltd

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RED SCHOOL EDUCATION CENTER,
South Korea

Red School education center is a project by awarded South-Korean Architect Sam Young Choi. The purpose of the design was to create a friendly and safe space for children that encourages learning, curiosity that is in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature.

“The colour, texture and scent, along with the ability to withstand changes in humidity, make these products an excellent choice as both indoor and outdoor finishing materials,” Sam Young Choi, Space Group, Japan Waseda University Dept. of Architecture

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