Bjørnsrudskog Kindergarten is based on a modular system developed by Snøhetta in cooperation with Siemens, Hydro and Martinsons. The concept is to simplify construction methods by prefabricated elements of perfect precision.
The system does not represent any particular architectural style, but opens up to individual experimentation with functions, room constellations, materials and atmospheres. Both exterior and interior walls may be moved or changed and different architects and designers will be able to develop their own design series within the system.
Bjørnsrudskog is based on a generic plan type for a kindergarten starting with one “base”. Two bases are then combined to form a layout with 17 modules including an open-air atrium of 3 modules.The space can be increased by adding volume equivalent to two bases. In the case of Bjørnsrudskog, two of these volumes have been rotated and placed 90 degrees over each other.
The primary structure consists of aluminum columns in a 4.8 by 4.8 meter grid and aluminum beams spanning from column to column.
The simple grid is optimized in size and allows for efficient plan solutions in endless variations. With a floor to ceiling height of 2.65 meters, each room or constellation of rooms seem both generous and harmonic in proportion.
The layout has several advantages. Younger and older children are distributed over two levels but still connected through a large common room near the main entrance on the first floor. This gives the kids good visual contact throughout the building, but still providing privacy when needed.An open-air atrium over two levels brings daylight to the interior from various directions.