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Azure AZ Award of Merit Architecture under 1000 square metres 02
Azure AZ Award of Merit Architecture under 1000 square metres 02
Azure AZ Award of Merit Architecture under 1000 square metres 03

From the outside, it may look like a modern museum, but this bold recti­linear building in rural Switzerland is in fact a kindergarten. In contrast to the white concrete exterior, made with locally quarried gravel, the interior walls, rafters and change benches are crafted out of golden-hued Swiss stone pine. The architects selected this material as a homage to the homes in the surrounding Engadin Valley, whose interiors are warmed up by this knotty species with a calming scent. The natural aroma is also meant to foster warm memories in the children who learn their ABC’s in the three classrooms.

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Kindergarten

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