Malvína and Eda are exacting clients. Shaped by their one-year long lives, they can show a smile spread across just a few teeth or burst into tears without compromise. They are not interested in architecture. They are passionate about their mum and dad, but even the best of parents are required to join the adult world for a time. They leave their most precious ones in the care of smiling nannies in Malvína Day Nursery among other children between nine months and two years. But what can we offer little Malvína and Eda to make them contented?
▼建筑概览，preview © Studio Flusser
Malvína prefers order – a quick goodbye kiss and let’s play! Eda hesitates for a moment but agrees. But what about their parents? They find farewells difficult. When mum and dad are stressed, Malvína and Eda worry about them too much. For this reason, we have installed windows where children, held in the arms of their nannies, can wave a last goodbye and their mums can continue without upset. Another advantage of these windows is the easy view into the bedroom and playroom where dads can rest assured their precious ones are not grieving their absence. Bending can cause troubles for grandmas and grandpas, and for this reason we have designed special steps that remove the need to bend—dressing up is now child’s play. In the changing room can be found a changing table for daddies to have some “fun and games”. While calm, adult company is helpful for Malvina and Eda, it is not enough. They expect more.
▼更衣室，the changing room © Studio Flusser
▼无需弯腰的特殊台阶，special steps removing the need to bend © Studio Flusser
▼形状各异的窗户，windows with different shapes © Studio Flusser
Adjustments for staff have been made. By shortening and streamlining operating activities, the nannies have more time for Eda and Malvina. The space is organised so that everything is at arm’s length, behind a single wall with many doors. This way, Malvína can check nannies through the doors if they are in view and have their full attention.
▼紧挨更衣室的寝室，the bedroom next to the changing room © Studio Flusser
▼集体寝区，collective sleeping area © Studio Flusser
▼个人寝区，personal sleeping area © Studio Flusser
We, professionals, know that only open kitchen areas are fashionable nowadays. Due to the fact that dining is seen as a collective experience, Eda and his closest companions are seated where they desire – right under a nanny’s nose, in the middle of the kitchen counter. And since Malvína likes to nibble in the middle of games out of snack time, a low kitchen counter is available, where she can get something whenever she wants. Eda and Malvina accept no conventions. In case they need to use the innovation called toilet, unisex is only acknowledged. Children, carefully watched by the nannies through a window, rush back to their games and require nannies to be able to dart out any time, helping with pieces of clothing or with washing hands when needed.
▼开放式厨房与创新型卫生间，open kitchen and innovative toilet © Studio Flusser
▼孩子们围坐在厨房岛台中央，the children sit in the middle of the kitchen counter © Studio Flusser
▼孩子们在育幼员的看护下用餐 © Studio Flusser
children eats under the care of the nanny
While Malvína prefers doing wild performances on yellow mats, Eda appreciates creating and drawing. Eda, however, chooses different body positions for his creative process – he can be seen standing, then sitting or squatting. He also enjoys involving his friends who are different ages and heights. For these reasons, desks and chairs of three different heights are offered by us and can be furthermore freely combined. Malvina and Eda are athletes and tourists primarily, thus we prepared an adventurous playing environment where they can climb up to the red rocky nest or disappear for research in the blue cave. A lot of small-scale toys for motor skills development are hidden all around the nursery, prepared to tease their intellectual needs.
▼创作和绘画区域，creating and drawing area © Studio Flusser
▼活动区域，activity area © Studio Flusser
▼红色岩洞与黄色垫子，the red rocky nest and yellow mats © Studio Flusser
▼近景，closer view © Studio Flusser
▼蓝色洞穴，the blue cave © Studio Flusser
Eda also wants to be sure that the custom furniture, custom lighting and acoustics meet regulations. Malvína pays attention to recycling and if fire safety is on its highest level. They consider the interior is approved, and we can feel relieved—until the moment they set out to the garden and check the playground area.
▼家具细部，details of furniture © Studio Flusser
▼灯具细部，details of lighting © Studio Flusser
▼改造后平面图，floor plan – design © No Architects
▼改造前平面图，floor plan – original state © No Architects
Studio: No Architects
Author: Jakub Filip Novák, principal architect
Daniela Baráčková, principal architect
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-author: Barbora Jelínek, architect
Kristýna Plischková, architect
Project location: Křižíkova 159/56, Prague 8 – Karlín
Project country: Czech Republic
Project year: 2020
Completion year: 2021
Built-up Area: 120 m²
Gross Floor Area: 130 m²
Usable Floor Area: 120 m²
Plot size: 500 m²
Client: MALVÍNA – art kindergarten
Photographer: Studio Flusser
Contact E-mail: email@example.com