To Milo
An Apple Under the Appletree - Urban Toddler and Baby Daycare
To Milo
2013 Jun
Kastoria, Greece
Fani Englezou
Papadiamantopoulos, V.;
350 m2 / 3,763 ft2

"To Milo" comes as a shortcut to the Greek expression "An apple under the apple tree", which highlights Principal's notion for this private baby and toddler daycare. Interested in renovating a old fur factory space in order to create an urban quality space where exceptional services of babies' and toddlers' education would be offered, its owner asked for design and construction permit, project management and licensing for this educational project.

Design process were strictly framed by codes about public health and safety, educational buildings standards, fire-service standards and local building standards. Basic concept were a design that performs in a multi scale in order to be attractive for guest of various ages, and especially children. As in the previous "To Milo College", windows became key element in design, as color and location in space blend various scales.

Spaces are organised as a complex graph based on mandatory relations between spaces as well as minimum dimensions. Custom details were designed in order to fulfil the above mentioned codes' requirements on health and safety. Basically, "To Milo" again encloses three sections of different age populations that have to coexist in safety, working staff, babies and toddlers, as well as parents.

Special arrangements were needed for the relationship between interior and exterior considering children's playtime. A sun washed hall may host assorted activities for the children as well as educational events such as book presentations and various performances for kids.

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