Come Out and Play. Modern Kindergartens
20.06. – 27.09.2020
Location: Pärnu Museum (Aida 3, Pärnu)
Fairy tales, children’s drawings and sun – if any architect could draw inspiration from these, it would certainly be the designer of a kindergarten. Seen the other way, kindergarten architecture has also posed challenges for professionals, reflecting social changes and depending on the educational theories of its era.
What makes a good space for children? The 25 buildings exhibited here give an inside look at modern kindergartens built over about a century, including kindergartens based on standardized designs used over and over again. In an inspiring kindergarten – the way they are built today in ever greater number – the focus is placed instead on the child’s experience of space. At the centre is the child’s feeling that the space offers serendipity, responds to their actions, and is a place where they feel safe and secure. Expectations as to the quality of kindergarten interiors have certainly grown even more in the 21st century. A number of successful architecture competitions have been held to this end. A wide range of experts are brought on board for kindergarten projects: educators and specialists on movement also work with the customer and architects to achieve the best result. The architecture of a good kindergarten appears to subscribe to the principle “Power lies in cooperation”.
Exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue (194 pages) in Estonian and English. Texts Kadri Klementi, Sandra Mälk, Sandra Nuut, Ivi-Els Schneider, Mare Torm, Anna-Liisa Unt.
Curator: Sandra Mälk
Adviser: Mare Torm (Tallinn University Estonian Pedagogical Archives and Museum)
Designers: Koit Randmäe, Brit Pavelson
Photos: Martin Siplane
Supporter: Eesti Kultuurkapital
Photo: Trall Kindergarten in Pärnu KEK, 1970s. Film Archives of the National Archives of Estonia