MINITECTURE - Baupiloten

Added on by martine nicolay.

Léonore goes to the pilot group (1-2yr old) in daycare and I definitely want to be a Baupilot one day! 

Baupiloten BDA  is an interdisciplinary practice that specializes in educational buildings and housing developed through unique participatory design strategies. The work focuses on innovative experimental design that is driven by both a social and ecological agenda. 

Not that I want to move to Berlin and join their team of architects, but the core of their work inspires me enormously to do design work with children for children. 

Have a look at a few of their projects, and please tell me you don't want your kid to attend their kindergarten or schools! 

Erika Mann Primary School - The first project by Baupiloten where school kids played the participatory element of the design process. Schoolchildren were involved early in the project and created wonderful scenery from evocative and inspiring images. Their ideas and wishes were taken seriously, then materialized , breaking the boundaries between dream and reality. 

Erika Mann Primary School - The first project by Baupiloten where school kids played the participatory element of the design process. Schoolchildren were involved early in the project and created wonderful scenery from evocative and inspiring images. Their ideas and wishes were taken seriously, then materialized , breaking the boundaries between dream and reality. 

Traumbaum daycare centre seems also straight out of a tall tale. A living structure is created which communicates and interacts with the children while adapting to different times of the day.  A tree grows through the building with its branches across the school walls and invade the corridors. Large circular cavities , housed in the walls allow children to nest , alone or with others. Susanne Hofmann , architect and designer of the agency argues that "architecture is an educational tool that offers younger living environment favourable to their development . The space and atmosphere help to strengthen the identification of students who develop a strong and very personal emotional connection with their school environment."

Traumbaum daycare centre seems also straight out of a tall tale. A living structure is created which communicates and interacts with the children while adapting to different times of the day.  A tree grows through the building with its branches across the school walls and invade the corridors. Large circular cavities , housed in the walls allow children to nest , alone or with others.

Susanne Hofmann , architect and designer of the agency argues that "architecture is an educational tool that offers younger living environment favourable to their development . The space and atmosphere help to strengthen the identification of students who develop a strong and very personal emotional connection with their school environment."

Maybe I should go ahead and ask Léonore's daycare if they don't want to change their entrance area to start! ;)

(found via http://www.milkmagazine.net)