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Bolles + Wilson unveils Kindergarten church conversion

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Bolles + Wilson has converted a 1960s church in Munster, Germany, into a child care centre

Originally built in 1962, the St Sebastian church was deconsecrated in the 2000s and has now been re-opened as a kindergarten.

A two-storey building has been inserted into the nave of the elliptical church with three group rooms on the ground floor and two further rooms on the first floor.

An all-weather play deck sits on top of this building-within-a-building. Glazing from the grid of 50 x 50 cm openings that used to perforate the church’s original facade has been removed. The naturally ventilated playspace is now lit by industrial skylights in the new roof.

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An extension next to the kindergarten’s glazed entrance contains a kitchen, offices, technical rooms and one big multipurpose room.

External play spaces include a bobby-car circuit and a play house which doubles as second escape route from the inner play decks.

The second phase of development at the church will see housing built around the site’s perimeter.

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The original church. Photography by Ahlbrand Dornseif Wakonigg

Project data

Architect BOLLES+WILSON
Competition 2009, 1st prize
Planning October 2010 – August 2012
Start on site September 2011
Completion January 2013
Gross floor area 1,120 m2   
Costs €3,000,000
Client Wohn+Stadtbau GmbH
Structural engineers ahw Ingenieure
Service engineers Ingenieurbüro Nordhorn
Fire protection W+W Sachverständige and Ingenieure für Brandschutz
Daylight simulation Peter Andres – Beratende Ingenieure für Lichtplanung Brandschutz

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