MARIA-
LOUISAGÅRDEN

Introduction

The vision for building the institutions of Louisegården and Mariagården together is to achieve a unified institution and a common sustainable identity for the users in the future.

The unification has been developed out of a triple approach to sustainability. In practice this means that right from the idea development stage, we have taken social, environmental and economical aspects of sustainability into account. This has resulted in a well-balanced and realistic project that benefits both users and the environment.

The project has also been designed as an environmentally friendly focus point and an inspirational project that through its shape and use gives children and pre-school teachers insights into principles of sustainability, making environmental consciousness a natural part of coming generations’ development.

In short, the new building creates the physical framework for a sustainable pedagogical approach to teaching children.

TYPE, SIZE, SITE

Kindergarten

2000 m²

Denmark, Frederiksberg

CUSTOMER

Diakonissestiftelsen

PARTNERS

Cowi

STATUS, YEAR

Delivered

2013

TEAM

Partner in charge: Anders Lendager

Employees: Christian Fursund, Christopher Carlsen, Ronnie Markussen

Concept

The unification of Louisegården and Mariagården is an attempt to realize a vision of one collected institution that can solve the infrastructural, organizational and logistical problems that the two institutions have today. The most important element in this project is therefore a linkage of the physical surroundings so that communication can be facilitated and made easier across and within the three buildings.

An expansion of the current kitchen facilities has also been important, since the institutions can achieve advantages by being bigger, e.g. by giving the kitchen staff better working conditions. Naturally, improving the facilities for the children for creative and physical activities has been a main driver.

These three overarching goals have formed the process and the project, and a series of secondary goals have been established, discussed and realized through a series of meetings with parents, teachers, architects and engineers. This process has created a strong, multifaceted project that satisfies as many users as possible.

Social

The starting point for the project, Louisegården 2.0, has been an intention to meet as many requirements as possible in a complex project with many involved parties.

To describe the many involved parties we have developed a wheel that shows the different parties and their respective requirements for the future Louisegården.

In our opinon, the different requirements simultaneously represent sections of a holistic sustainable approach, and this aspect we have brought into the project by colour coding the different parties by the section of the sustainability categories that their wishes fit into.

In this way the wishes of the staff connects to the social and indoor climatic aspects of sustainability, whereas the architects’ and engineers’ focus has been on environmental sustainability. Last but not least, the contractor and client vouch for economically sustainable solutions that give the most amount of kindergarten within the given budget.

Environment

DAYLIGHT – to create the best possible indoor climate within the building, the whole facade is kept in transparent or translucent materials. This is possible because large amounts of the building connect to existing facades, where there will be no heat transmission loss. Furthermore, a highly insulating polycarbonate climate screen is utilized that lives up to energy standards whilst letting in sunlight.

PASSIVE VENTILATION – With the high percentage of glazed areas and the continuous polycarbonate façade there is a real risk of overheating in the warmest months. This is countered by using natural ventilation. Two skylights in the roof open automatically when the temperature is too high. These are naturally also user-operatable and can be overridden.

FARMING – with the current focus on ecology and sustainability it has never been more important to integrate these elements in to the learning process of the children. Therefore it has been important to integrate the green wall into the addition, so the children can see where the food comes from. Apart from this, fruit bushes have also been thought into the landscape so the children’s senses of smell and taste can be stimulated daily.

DISASSEMBLY – When you build in an area experiencing heavy development, it is important that strategies for disassembly are integrated into the building process. This means figuring out how materials can move back into production flows, how things can be dismantled and where materials are sourced.

WATER HANDLING AND BIODIVERSITY – An important aspect of the environmental sustainability is the green roof. The green roof retains rain water and reduces the discharge of water to the sewers. Apart from this it also has an insulating effect and reduces thermal variation indoors throughout the year. Last but not least it has a positive effect on the local biodiversity.