Kindergarten Susi Weigel by Bernardo Bader
built from timber and concrete

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Huge round cushions in shades of mustard yellow and cornflower blue add colour to the pale concrete and timber interior of this kindergarten in western Austria by local studio Bernardo Bader Architects (+ slideshow).

Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects

Bernardo Bader Architects designed Kindergarten Susi Weigel for the small mountain town of Bludenz and named it after the late children's book writer and illustrator Susi Weigel, who lived and worked locally until her death in 1990.

Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects

The two-storey building has a raw concrete structure, which is left exposed in parts of the interior. The architects sourced local fir to clad the outer walls and used acacia wood to line interior surfaces.

Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects

The entrance to the kindergarten sits within a wide recess at the northern corner of the building, leading into a central lobby where children can hang up their coats and bags.

Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects

A row of glass doors forms a second entrance to this space, leading out to a playground lawn at the side of the building, while a wooden staircase provides a clear route up to the first floor.

Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects

Spaces are divided up into different zones to create five classes. There are two on the ground floor and three upstairs, each with their own storages areas and toilets.

Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects

The ground floor also features a sub-dividable space that functions as a canteen or group activity area, as well as a small office and meeting room.

Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects

Glass doors create visibility through the building and are embellished with illustrations from Weigel's books.

Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects

Photography is by Archive Architects.

Site plan of Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects
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Ground floor plan of Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects
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First floor plan of Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects
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Section of Kindergarten Susi-Weigel by Bernardo Bader Architects
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  • dan

    The interior is great. The ceiling and extended balustrade especially. Not such a big fan of the outside.

    • susan

      Completely agree with you. The interior place and the view is so soft and comforting.

  • Rae Claire

    Am wondering how the flat roof works in what must be a snowy area. Love the serene interior. Great backdrop for busy, colourful kids. Could use a bit of ornament outside – looks like it slipped out of a FedEx plane.

  • Simon

    Those round cushions are called pix by Arper – I’m using them on a project in Australia.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I like it, except there is only one means of egress from the second level.