Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA


Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA

Norwegian architects RRA have completed this wood-clad nursery school in Oslo, Norway.

Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA

Called Fagerborg Kindergarten, the project features four classrooms that can either be combined or operate separately.

Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA

One end of the building is undercut and cantilevers out to shelter the entrances below.

Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA

The interior is clad in wood with colourful staircases leading to administrative areas on the upper floors.

Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA

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Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA

The information that follows is from the architects:

RRA has been involved in designing a new kindergarten for Fagerborg Congregation in central Oslo. The kindergarten offers 2 units for children between 1-3 years old and 2 units for children between 3-6 years old.

Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA

Gross building area is around 1000m2.

Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA

There are many cultural heritage guidelines to be considered in the project site. The area is characterised by residential buildings from 1900-1950. As a requirement from the local authority, the kindergarten is to have a contemporary expression.

Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA

With its location in the middle of a small city park, the kindergarten has an outdoor area that is protected like an enclosed garden.

Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA

The planning solution enables the 4 kindergarten units to function both independently and together as required. All units share a common area and a kitchen in the heart of the building. Administration is placed on the upper floor separate from children areas.

Location: Fagerborg, Oslo
Program: Kindergarden
Client: Fagerborg Congregation
Size: 1000 m2
Commission type: Direct commission (2003)
Status: Built

See also:


Tellus Nursery School
by Tham & Videgård
Kindergarten Sighartstein by
Kindergarten in Granada by
Solinas + Verd Arquitectos

Posted on Thursday March 10th 2011 at 12:15 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • I guess it tries to play with the perception of depth and height.

  • ACBA

    I sincerely do not understand how the outdoor area is protected like an enclosed garden (as a neighbour I can tell it is not)? As far as aesthetics and architectural concept are concerned I find the building very interesting, but as a kindergarten I have to question the architect's motive.

    • mcmlxix

      Any architect should know that architecture is a tool for social engineering by which I mean that our built environment shapes how we think about and interact with that environment as well as with others. Whether the architect had a conception in mind about how this project would impact how the students think and interact is unknown by the text provided.

      But also I can’t help but be skeptical. Having no intentions will still have impact, and haveing one intention may have a paradoxical impact. Large social housing projects come to mind, where large amounts of public open space was supposed to promote “hygiene”, but ended up creating large dead zones.

      In any case, by the photos provided, I don’t see this as being a “child friendly” space.

  • It seems very disconnected and opaque. atleast the shots anyways. hmm. and I do question how friend it is to children with all the hard and strict spaces.

  • Gabi

    The architects seem very proud of those stairs. I don't think the users like walking on them that much. Despite of the colours…

  • I don't think we should underestimate children's capacity to be inspired and thought provoked by quality of space and bold gestures in form. Its easy for all of us to expect children to respond to bright colours, big bird and a wall filled with their own crayon drawings. It would be good to see a plan to see what sort of journey the kids would take through this building, looks like it might be kind of an adventure.

  • n.s.

    An inclosed space is not always the thing, especially not for kids, but i belive this depends on the experience of the viewer. Obviously there is a limit to everything, also playgounds. Is that the thing with the stairs? That they only alows children to enter? Size is the limit?