Israeli Kindergarten in Ramat-Hasharon

Ramat HaSharon / Israel / 2009

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Architecture & Interior design: Lev-Gargir Architects


Interior & Furniture design: Sarit Shani-Hai


Photography: Amit Geron


This unique Kindergarten that stands in one of Tel-Aviv’s upscale satellite suburbs was created with the wish to apply to children’s physical surroundings the educational principals that are at the foundation of its activities – respect and equality to kids, opportunities to experience different activities while creating and playing in intimate spaces, striving to go back to simple good old-fashioned childhood fun.


In the design process the architects, Lillach Lev & Elan Gargir of “Lev-Gargir Architects”, wanted well lit rooms with good interior-exterior connections. Along with this is a safe and protective environment providing continuous eye-contact with the kids. The flexible spaces are able to change with the ever dynamic flow of the children’s imagination.


The challenge was to create a prototype for kindergarten design that will enrich the standard, unimaginative program usually built and will lead to an improved design based concept.


The design was inspired according to Bauhaus principals related to floor plans and elevations.


There are simple and clean forms, long and open views throughout the project. Horizontal and minimalist lines leave center stage to the kids: colors, sounds and motion.


Finishing materials such as white plaster, exposed white masonry bricks and large windows complete the serenity of the design.


 


At the center of the space stands a spacious multi-purpose foyer. Daily used as a gathering place, but also for dining, music and reading. There is a library designed by Shani-Hai with the same unique lines as the rest of the furniture throughout the rooms. During holidays and special occasions the foyer opens onto the entrance deck and front lawn to accommodate added guests. Around the main hall are a creative space, a fun-packed Gymboree, an office space- and 4 themed classrooms: Nature, Sea, Transportation and Palaces - each room designed for a specific age group but able to stimulate and create fun-filled activities all day long.


Exterior landscaping was designed by the same lead concept – divided into smaller spaces, fenced and packed with imaginative XXXXX: a magical wood  castle, sand-boxes, wooden cars…


 


All done with love and true longing to simple, naïve childhood memories.


Architecture & Interior design:Lev-Gargir Architects Interior & Furniture design:Sarit Shani-Hai


Photography: Amit Garon

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    Architecture & Interior design: Lev-Gargir Architects Interior & Furniture design: Sarit Shani-Hai Photography: Amit Geron This unique Kindergarten that stands in one of Tel-Aviv’s upscale satellite suburbs was created with the wish to apply to children’s physical surroundings the educational principals that are at the foundation of its activities – respect and equality to kids, opportunities to experience different activities while creating and playing in intimate...

    Project details
    • Year 2009
    • Work finished in 2009
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Kindergartens / Interior Design / Custom Furniture / Furniture design
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