The design brief was to create a building for accommodation of children in Scheveningen, which is innovative in child care.
The design concept, children growing up in nature, is particularly evident in the choice of location and the transparent nature of the design object. The dunes north of the boulevard ware chosen as location for the child day-care centre.
The concept is further enhanced by adding a small petting zoo to the program, in which the animals enjoy the same freedom as the children, hereby increasing the contact between child and animal.
By making the shell of the building fully transparent the boundary between inside and outside is minimized. Within the child day-care centre there is an open floor plan with a free routing, so that the children can move freely around the building.
The construction columns are an important spatial element within the design, the construction columns are used to define both the routing and the open and enclosed playgrounds. The columns are also an iconic part of the building. They form a forest with paths and clearings in it. The clearings of the forest are the common rooms and are very public. Places with many columns in one place are more private areas where children can withdraw themselves.