Kindergarden Heilbronn

The planning for this nursery school was also done under huge cost pressures. In addition, the city wanted the planning to cope with later conversion into apartments. The intention was to be able to react to possible future changes in the age structure of the surrounding development area. The financially constrained framework led to a variety of alternatives. Comparing one with another, it seemed that building a traditional masonry structure was the only way to keep the costs down.
The single-storey house accommodates two nursery school group rooms as well as a multi-purpose room. A skylight mid-set along the lengthways axis illuminates the cloakroom at the centre of the building, which gives access to all the other rooms. Large, yellow and orange painted wooden panels lend a soft and warm tone to the incoming daylight. A short distance from the building, supports for the textile sunshades stand in front of the group rooms, which open onto the garden to the east.

As the need to save money did not permit any further design opportunities – particularly for the resulting “cheap” street façade – we decided to take matters into our own hands. We prepared stencils of the outlines of children, which we used to paint decorations in situ. Although such increasingly unpaid work done by architects is basically lots of fun, it does make us think how little society is prepared to invest in buildings for the generations to come.

Stadt Heilbronn

Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, Stuttgart

Stefanie Lempart, Eva Caspar, Igor Schiltsky

Construction period:
2003 – 2004

Badener Straße 84, Heilbronn


Lederer, Arno / Ragnarsdóttir, Jórunn / Oei, Marc (Hg.):
Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei 1
Jovis Verlag Berlin 2012

Falk Jaeger (Hg.):
Berlin 2008

Wüstenrot Stiftung (Hg.):
Bauen für Kinder
Stuttgart 2004


Roland Halbe, Stuttgart