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Laying the foundation: Villeroy & Boch

Architectura: Christkönig parish, Saarbrücken, Germany

Exposed concrete in a kindergarten? What at first sounds like an architectural monstrosity in fact turns out to be an entirely harmonious feature. It can be seen and admired in Saarlouis in Saarland, where a kindergarten has been constructed partly within the interior and partly as an extension to a listed church building from the 1960s. The brutalist building of the ‘Christkönig’ parish was closed down in 2008 due to a leaking roof. FLOSUNDK, the Saarbrücken firm of architects who included the church building in a competition for a new day-care centre, found it a pity that the building should suffer such neglect. Their design combines a two-storey cube at the back of the church with a wooden structure in the interior. This free-standing space is designed like an exterior structure and accommodates the kitchen and ancillary rooms, while the flat roof is used for play. Child-friendly ergonomics and improved hygiene are also taken into account in the washrooms, in which the Architectura bathroom series from Villeroy & Boch has been installed.

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