Competition 6th place
The Grevas school campus is located on a slope with a view of Lake St. Moritz. The new day-care centre is situated southwest of the existing Grevas school building as a one-story standalone building.
The floor plan is based on the windmill-like arrangement of rooms around the central circulation area. This concept, which is also visible from the outside, makes the building appear much smaller than it actually is due to the short facades. The result is child-friendly proportions, which are further enhanced by the roof shape reminiscent of the Engadine Mountains. Each room has a different orientation due to its arrangement around the circulation area, allowing the building to capture different lighting moods throughout the day.
The playroom, dining room, and homework room are designed to be multifunctional, thanks to the proportions of the campus. The central circulation area, which can also be used as a retreat, movement zone, or individual learning area, corresponds to today's pedagogical guiding principles. The outside area is directly accessible from the cloakroom and here there is also a sandbox and a chimney integrated into the facade.
The building is a wooden frame construction with an external wooden cladding, with a clear and simple structure. The building orientation and the high number of windows allow an intensive use of daylight and relatively high exploitation of the passive solar energy, which has a positive effect on the energy saving.
The interior walls are white plastered. The floors are made of polished anhydrite screed. The interior doors, false ceilings and window frames are made of wood, all contributing to a pleasant room atmosphere. This construction method and choice of materials correspond to the requirements for an environmentally sustainable building (Minergie Eco).
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