From afar, the landscape is dominated by two points of reference: the Monte Generoso range to the north and the Stabio village centre to the south, with its
elevated castle. The project maintains the continuity of the territory between these two important points of reference.
The kindergarten is a solitary building on a green field. Only paths and walls connect the new measure to create a subtle, far-reaching texture of reference points within the village.
The architectural expression of the compact structure can be detected through a few basic elements.
The shape of the large roof with its geometric curvature defines the front façade of the building, while a large arch marks the entrance to the common rooms. The kindergarten consisting of four departments thrives on the dialogue between the interior rooms and exterior spaces. The typology apparent in each unit creates such relationships.
The theme of setting limits in its different varieties guides children in their search for freedom and their need for intimacy. Extroverted and introverted moments alternate in a series defined by the different activities. Horizontal and vertical connections allow the perception of the overall facility from each of its units.
As in a small town, symbols and points of reference provide the conditions for orientation, whereby light and colour determine the different identities of the rooms.
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