feld72 has expanded a kindergarten in Lagundo, above Merano in South Tyrol, Italy. The extension of the kindergarten was designed continuing the dialog between flat and pitched roofs of the existing with a two-story gable roofed building and a two-story flat roofed structure. It connects in the north-eastern part of the property which was designed by architect Gutweniger Willy in 1976. The aim of the extension was a holistic ecological construction method from the start, with the annexe designed as a glue-free solid wood building with a wooden façade and green roofs. The solid wooden walls creating a pleasant indoor climate due to their mass and texture.
Another consideration was the spatial integration of the open learning landscape shared by German and Italian speaking groups. The focus of the extension being on the encounter zones, opening up the possibility of togetherness, not only architecturally but also pedagogically.