Waldbach daycare centre, Münster-Wolbeck
Clinker brick Granada BA+FU
655 m2 Clinker brick-covered surface
Child-friendly without being childish
The district of Wolbeck in Münster is particularly popular with families: Reasons for this include its green, semi-rural location along with good connections to the centre of this Westphalian university town. Wolbeck’s own infrastructure in terms of education also makes it an attractive place to live for people with children. This was recently supplemented by a community primary school, which has now been completed with the Waldbach day care centre close by.
The new daycare centre based on a design by the local architecture firm BURHOFF und BURHOFF comprises a compact structure with two storeys. A raised top edge highlights the building line along the access road, while a set-back façade at the north-eastern corner of the building emphasises the entrance area. The kindergarten’s play and open areas face to the south and east. The division on the inside is clear. “The intention is for the building to have good functionality, and at the same time impart a strong identity that is both child-friendly and symbolic, but not child-like,” says architect Klaus Burhoff. “We wanted to design a self-confident building that can assert itself in its surroundings, but that still fits into the urban context.” This is reflected particularly in the design of the building envelope.
As with the neighbouring primary school, Hagemeister clinker brick was chosen for the material. In contrast to the light brick at the school, BURHOFF und BURHOFF opted for the bright red-orange sorting Granada BA+FU for the day care centre. A special feature is the pointing in the red tone of the facing brick: “We wanted to create an abstract planarity here, in order to reinforce the building’s cubic character and to emphasize the contrast between the closed and open façade surfaces,” explains Burhoff. “The module size used here offers a strong degree of independence and identity.“
As Burhoff describes, despite its independent character, the new building blends in harmoniously with the architecture of the Wolbeck district, which is characterised by the transition to the predominantly agricultural Westphalian landscape with the area’s typical red brick farmhouses: “Clinker brick is a typical local and traditional material here, and is also characterised by its many different uses. It is sustainable, ages very well and delivers the certain level of durability that the appearance of the building type should display.”
»We wanted to create an abstract planarity here, in order to reinforce the building’s cubic character and to emphasize the contrast between the closed and open façade surfaces.«
Klaus Burhoff, BURHOFF und BURHOFF, Münster
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