Client: State of Qatar
Working with Aedas Architects, OOBE developed a groundbreaking blue print to inform the design of schools in Qatar during the next two decades. Kindergartens should be lively, vibrant and fun places to inspire learning. They should be playful, welcoming and foster a sense of growing up together. That is how our proposal evolved, based on the spiral flight path of the butterfly, the landscape wraps around the building, focusing activity towards the center of the kindergarten, where a butterfly house nestles. This jewel within the heart of the kindergarten, the butterfly house, forms a luscious tropical environment at the center of every learning zone. The focus of the space is for pupils to learn to enjoy and value nature as well as take responsibility for it – children who value nature are more likely to become adults who act to preserve it.
A lively, vibrant and playfully stimulating design for learning
The informal nature of the courtyard offers a flexible series of flowing, yet zoned spaces that respond to the building layout. Each age group has a butterfly wing within the courtyard composed of colourful sunken classrooms to be used for informal learning, story-telling and play time. A lively jungle of elements to reflect ‘vines’, ‘flowers’ and ‘butterflies’ form landscape features; safety surfacing mounds, a colourful jungle of poles and canopies provide a backdrop for creative play, inspiring children’s imagination in their free time and offering an exciting backdrop to the learning environment.