Site: Karlskrona, Sweden
Area: 10.500 m2
Status: Realized 2006
Room For Play
The outdoor area at Bastasjö integrated institution with day nursery and kindergarten has become an extremely successful play area with emphasis on experiences through play and movement. The playground has been created through close co-operation between the client, Karlskrona Kommun, Karlskrona Markanläggningar AB and Kragh & Berglund.
Dialogue and process orientation
Kragh & Berglund’s work is based on the firm belief that the best results are achieved by establishing a dynamic dialogue between the designer, contractor and client and the ordering party and by continuing this dialogue through the entire design and construction process. The starting point is based on each institution’s individual educational vision and unique development targets. The positive aspect of a definite process orientation is that it is an open process which contains elements of surprise, flexibility and constant opportunities for new inputs. The client involvement method creates a special dynamics which will give the best results in the end because all the parties involved have an opportunity to be heard and to influence the process. In addition, the process-orientated work method comes natural for the landscape architect whose raw materials are also inherently process-orientated and changeable.
Project Manager Åsa Norrby from Karlskrona Kommun says:
”The big advantage in working with Kragh & Berglund is that they have a wide range of ideas that can be further processed with nursery and kindergarten teachers and children.”
For Kragh & Berglund it is essential to have the ability to offer spaces for a variety of adventure and activity which can stimulate, inspire and motivate the children’s level of activity and where only the imagination sets the limits – not the physical framework. Sensory experiences, play, experiments and practical experiences are important learning sources for children at all stages of their development.
A clear division of zones gives room for play
”When it comes to creating environments for children banality is in fact not a bad starting point. Just like other people, children need to relax and unwind in the outdoor areas. So to crowd the kindergarten with prefabricated tools and play elements is not necessarily always the best solution”, says Jonas Berglund from Kragh & Berglund. ”We wish to move away from the multi-functional and instead let each individual room have some characteristics and qualities in itself. All areas do not have to satisfy all activity requirements at the same time”. This is exactly why division into niches and zones is so important when creating the basis for the individual and differentiated experience. There is a system of footpaths around the buildings, branching off into the schoolyard. It connects the various activity zones and creates a natural meeting between them. The footpath system around the house is made of concrete slabs, the rally track of asphalt and the path system in the green zone of bark. The terraces are made of wood along the facade and of concrete slabs on the outer parts. Space is created by bands of vegetation in organic forms. The path system varies in width in order to create a dynamic experience when you move through the area and to create passages and room for activity at the same time.