Fans of Pippi Longstocking may remember Pippi in Taka-Tuka-Land. Though the book was written in the 1950s, Pippi's world still resonates with children and Taka-Tuka-Land was the inspiration behind this Berlin kindergarten designed collaboratively with its young students.
The Taka-Tuka-Land Kindergarten is a project of The Baupiloten - a program for architecture students of Technischen Universität to provide students hands-on experience developing and executing a design. This group of students in turn involved the kindergarten students in creating a space that would inspire creative play as well as be functional to meet the school's needs. The children together with their nursery school teachers made collages and models of Taka-Tuka-Land as they imagined it with melodic bridges, little huts, a merry-go-round of blossoms and a throne of shells for Pippi’s father. Their ideas triggered off the Baupiloten’s design, as the students sat in with the children for several days; they studied their schedules, their movements and methods of communication. These observations became part of a design which will enable the children to identify wholeheartedly with their kindergarten.
You can see more photos of theTaka-Tuka-Land Kindergarten as well as other Baupiloten projects at their website. (Via: The Cool Hunter.)