batlle i roig arquitectes: escola bressol nursery
batlle i roig arquitectes: escola bressol nursery batlle i roig arquitectes: escola bressol nursery
sep 05, 2012

batlle i roig arquitectes: escola bressol nursery

‘escola bressol’ by batlle i roig arquitectes, barcelona, spain all images courtesy of batlle i roig arquitectes

an extra strip of land left over during the redesign of the malaga gardens in barcelona gave a great opportunity for spanish practice batlle i roig arquitectes to create a much needed nursery. the ‘escola bressol’ is comprised of two rectangular masses stacked upon each other, with a cantilever over the entrance to define a small covered courtyard.  in this way all classrooms can face south while playgrounds are fitted into the perimeter and the void created by the offset upper volume.

exposed concrete with embedded wood form work cradle the masses on the non-south facing facades. on the other sides,  large windows and metal sheets with three sections of diverse perforations wrap the elevations, allowing light to reach the facilities while securing a safe location for the children. the interior contrasts greatly with the hard exterior. a chromatically rich scheme covers the lower portion of the partitions to color the world of the small inhabitants, while adults remain in the white space above. handles are placed high on the doors with windows along the bottom half, for the little users to look into their friends’ classrooms. soft wood furnishings and rubber accents make for a tactile and child-friendly environment.


one mass cantilevers over the other

entry courtyard

sandbox on the perimeter

semi-permeable fence borders the outside

view from inside the premises

small playground along perimeter

small gardens places around the perimeter

perforated steel screens

kids drinking fountain / sink

upstairs play area



south facade with windows


doors into classrooms


site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1





steel sheet detail

  • The exterior looks like a post-nuclear bunker… the inside is more appropriate for childs.

    mzr says:
  • I am normally a fan of stripped down minimal architecture, but the exterior of this place is easily the most brutal thing I’ve ever seen. The interiors are lively enough, but I can’t imagine that they could possibly overcome the sheer dreadfullness one would feel approaching this place. It looks more like a place of incarceration.

    dbkii says:
  • i COULD AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENT BUT it occurred to me that the fortress like looks can give a parent the “concrete” sense of security to a parent. If one considers the crazy world we live in and the awareness of insecurity floating in parts of the world. Dont you think it makes a point?

    liliana fijman says:
  • Kids can go directly from here to prison and feel right at home..

    Not for my kids, thanks. says:
  • Yes, I agree with liliana…I very much appreciate the subtle but sincere message of this architecture

    Chaszr says:
  • The exterior looks as if they have anticipated a dystopian future .. so the building will not look like a Lego project in 20 years.

    jim C. says:
  • this building does not say “we are an architecture for kids” – there is no sense of welcome, break down of scales, greenery or variation of textural and light qualities. children need a sense of security, yes, but they also need to feel nurtured and a sense of “homeliness”.

    jess says:
  • i agree, even if i am very much in support of simple designs this bunker is totally inappropriate for this type of use. the colour inside is only a futile attempt to put some live into it in retrospect. in architectural terms its weak and superfluous. there is no liveliness, complexity or intelligent animation in the design / layout in the first place. would have been a good design for some kind of power station or alike i suppose.

    MRKTX says:

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