Play While Learning

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In the creation of a new kindergarten recently completed in Leipzig, Germany, architect Susanne Hofmann made the project a participatory one with the kids inhabiting the school. They conducted workshops with them and the teachers and administrators, having them play games and build models to determine their needs for the space. The resulting building has low windows between rooms and walls at child-height, so kids can interact through them. Hallways became storage and meeting spaces rather than simply corridors. And the colors and materials chosen – with bright-hued rooms, woods and mirrors – encourage exploration while creating an environment of comfort and protection.