Kistefosdammen Kindergarten has been awarded both Danish Building Award for Energy Concept in 2018 and a 2017 Future BuiltAward for excellent perfomance after construction.

Kistefossdammen Kindergarten

Harvesting the sun

Exciting spaces organised like a small village make up the interior of Kistefossdammen Kindergarten in Norway. Child-scale spaces stimulate curiosity and the desire to explore. The kindergarten is part of the ambitious FutureBuilt programme, under which the three largest municipalities in the Oslo area work together to create climate-neutral buildings of high architectural quality. The architecture of the energy-plus kindergarten has passive and technical solutions that make the building produce more energy than it uses. The design of the roof is key to the institution’s energy design. Along with large windows in the façade, south-facing roof surfaces are geometrically optimised to create unusually good daylight conditions. In addition, solar cells in the roof harvest the sun and ensure that the building produces a surplus of energy. Throughout the building, the architecture and spatial qualities provides an insight into how energy, environment and biodiversity can be balanced in a modern kindergarten.

“The winner project combines the nursery spaces with a well thought technical concept. The project is designed with ridges that both capture the solar energy and provide the nursery with daylight and fresh air. The ridges also help with a buoyancy for natural ventilation and funny lighting for the children” – Tells Ulla Hahn, jury member and consultant for FutureBuilt.

How the project addresses the Sustainable Development Goals

In the project we have worked with issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the project was not designed to address the global goals. We have worked with issues related to: SDG 3: Good Health and well-being, SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

ClientAsker Municipality
Area1360 m²
LocationAsker, Norway
CollaboratorsLassen Landscape, MOE (NO), Henrik-Innovation
ImagesAre Carlsen, Christensen & Co. Architects