Buntings, birds from the group of sparrows, have become a symbol of a new type of kindergarten, with a reggio approach to the development of children and a non-standard space.
Kindergarten and club “Oatmeal” is a garden where a child is not brought up, but developed using various game techniques. Here they believe that it is important to give the child self-confidence and the ability to make personal choices.
The educational program is based on the Finnish approach and reggio pedagogy. And the space itself in the “Buntings” is also non-standard, experimental. Designer Irina Potapova was found by Natalia Shurakova, head of the interior design group of public spaces of the company “Lingonberry”. “They opened a new direction for kindergartens in order to further develop the network around the city,” says the designer.
The brief stated that each element of the interior should have an emotional value, and the entire space as a whole should create a sense of home warmth, comfort, and goodwill. So that children feel safe and learn easily thanks to the conditions created for them.
“Initially it was a commercial premises of the residential complex “Shishimskaya Gorka”, — says Irina Potapova. — The difficulty was that the room was built as an office, and we needed to adapt it to the children’s institution. Plumbing communications, convector heating, ventilation, monolithic work to increase the floor on the second level were carried out. And for the stairs, a part of the ceiling was cut out, closer to the second exit.”
The space was with a second light, this feature was decided to reflect in the planning decisions. Therefore, the design was carried out from the angle of the facade, so that the view was architecturally integral and attracted attention from the street.
“We tried to stick to the budget, but the implementation of our plans became a priority,” Irina Potapova continues. — The experiment of the “new” kindergarten expanded the scope of possibilities. At the same time, they worked side by side with his future employees, adjusting the space to the methods.”
On two floors of the kindergarten there are areas of play and theater, reading and sleeping, sports and music. Some of them are combined with each other (music and sports, a sleeping area with bunk beds in closets and a game room with cabins).
Everything is done so that the kids do not want to leave the kindergarten, where there are so many interesting things: bird houses in which you can hide when you want to be alone, and a balloon library, and classics on the floor. The space looks as if it was invented not by an adult, but by a child. By the way, this is one of the fundamental principles of reggio pedagogy – the habit of talking to children on an equal footing, and not from above.