syntax architektur: kindergarten in holzbauweise
syntax architektur: kindergarten in holzbauweise syntax architektur: kindergarten in holzbauweise
jun 01, 2011

syntax architektur: kindergarten in holzbauweise

‘kindergarten in holzbauweise’ by syntax architektur, klosterneuburg-kierling, austria images courtesy of syntax architektur

austrian practice syntax architektur has created ‘kindergarten in holzbauweise’, a sun-lit kindergarden located in a residential area of klosterneuburg-kierling, austria. dictated by the landscape and surrounding built environment, the school features a fully glazed south-side facade that is articulated around a central courtyard. merging the boundaries between indoors and out, the design looks to provide a connective and integrated space where the children are in constant contact with each other and the outdoors. loose in its spatial organization, the kindergarten supports an education model where exploration, independence and social interaction among the youth is encouraged.

south facade

six classrooms and two recreation rooms zigzag along the perimeter of the south-side where every classroom is open to the encircling terrace and other workspaces within the volume. the main entrance, corridors and administrative spaces are located on the building’s north side, each lined up in a linear pattern that contrasts the opposing side of the structure. light wells illuminate the hallways and transitory spaces, further emphasizing the sense of connectivity with the natural environment.

jagged volumes surround an outdoor courtyard and playground

carbon neutral materials and energy saving technologies reduce the schools CO2 footprint, setting a new standard for

other educational facilities in the country.

corridor between indoor and outdoor spaces with view into classrooms

(left) corridor (right) classroom

classroom with view outside

(left) recreation space (right) corridor


site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1



site perspective


  • Why does B.I.G instantly come to mind. i love it, but it reminds me of B.I.G.

    alexander w says:
  • i disagree, while the diagram is a failed attempt to explain the complexities of the project like BIG, the architecture itself doesn’t speak BIG’s language; the forms aren’t true enough – rather plutonic enough. BIG likes to distort/manipulate very simple shapes and by doing so, produces a rich relationship to the site and “cultural” context.

    duh says:

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