Ecker Architekten

Here at kinder MODERN we believe that good design = smart and happy kids. Today we're inspired by Kindergarten Kunterbunt near Frankfurt, Germany. This primary school designed by German firm Ecker Architekten consists of sleek grey walls and strong design lines, accented with pops of bright yellow and unexpected elements of play, like a spiral staircase and over-sized lamps. The simple minimalism of the school creates a versatile canvas for imagination and learning, without being too juvenile or too severe. The school stands alone as a shining example of modern architecture, but also converses seamlessly with the 13th century walled city and adjacent 14th century knight's residence, echoing the palette and permanence of these medieval structures.

Check out Ecker Architekten's website to learn more about their work and see their other amazing school and community projects, including Kindergarten Dandelion Clock, a special education kindergarten combining indoor and outdoor play and therapy, and the Forum at Eckenberg Academy, a functional, multi-purpose campus center that embraces natural light with a distinctive and futuristic honeycomb roof.

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