- Interior design by Fyra for a kindergarten in Helsinki
The gaming company offers its employees a kindergarten run by New Nordic Schools and has commissioned Fyra to design the interiors.
Founded in 2010, Fyra has established itself on the international interior design scene, in particular in recent years thanks to the prestigious awards won, from the Dezeen Awards 2021 to the Architizer A+ Award in 2022 as Best Interior Design Firm. Faithful to their philosophy based on collaboration and functionality with sustainable choices, the design starts precisely from the users, in other words the children attending the kindergarten. To collect the ideas and requests of the user group, various workshops were organised by the children’s architecture school Arkki. As the designers explain in their press release, "the point of the design process was to create a functional space that would support children’s development and inspire creativity, security and joy."
Taking into account the children’s input, the heart of the common area is a large open serving kitchen characterised by the theme of hearth and conviviality which, in turn, favours the children’s interaction during lunchtime in a homely and inspiring setting. The relaxation area, instead, has been designed with maximum acoustic comfort in mind, to ensure that children can rest properly during nap time.
All the design choices take into consideration not only the needs of the children, but also the location of the new nursery, just a few steps from the Baltic Sea. This proximity has meant that the sea and nature are the strong themes running through the interior design. Fyra has favoured an organic design language, where the abundant use of wood speaks both to the building and to its surroundings, with wavy and round fish-inspired shapes softening the space and adding to its playfulness.
Of course, there is no shortage of illustrations and decor elements to stimulate and accompany the children during their day in kindergarten. The Piñata animation and illustration studio has created an entire cast of animal characters that roam the nursery, adding fun little surprises to the space. The wave paintings on the large street level windows, on the other hand, offer protection and privacy from outside streets.
Let’s be honest, which parent would not like to take their child with them to work, leaving them in such a beautiful and welcoming space?
Images: Riikka Kantinkoski