COBE Architects has just inaugurated the Frederiksvej Kindergarten in Copenhagen. Instead of thinking the kindergarten as one big building it is seen as a structure of smaller units adapting in size and height to the different scales in the context.
Frederiksberg Kindergarten technical information
Frederiksberg Kindergarten Article from the Architects
A few years back, a small daycare institution for 30 children was demolished on the site making room for a new kindergarten with room for 6 times as many children – making it the biggest daycare institution in the Copenhagen neighborhood of Frederiksberg. Aiming for creating a safe everyday life for the children, the project consists of 11 small houses joint together with different orientation.
From the outside, the day-care institution appears as a playful village for children, but from the inside, it is none the less coherent and efficient. The houses are small, compact and functional in everyday life, whilst still being exciting and challenging for children.
For us, architecture is not a matter of a certain style or form, but more importantly its adaptability to the local context, its social life and its users.
Frederiksberg Kindergarten Plans
COBE is a progressive and contemporary community of architects that focuses on architecture and design – from buildings to public space, to large scale urban planning.
In 2005 Dan Stubbergaard and Vanessa Miriam Carlow founded COBE. The name COBE is derived from the two cities the founders are coming from – Copenhagen and Berlin. Since its establishment, COBE has gained international recognition through the realization of beautiful and innovative projects.
Today, COBE is two separate companies – one seated in Copenhagen (COBE ApS headed by Dan Stubbergaard), and one in Berlin (COBE Berlin GmbH headed by Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow).
The two offices have shared a number of projects in the past, and apart from developing projects individually, they continue to share and collaborate on selected projects – also in the future.