Storhaugen nursery, Ålesund, Norway

Molden Arkitekter
Date Built
Storhauggt. 9, 6005 Ålesund
The Ålesund Nursery or Kindergarten opened in 1950 but in 2011 it moved into this new purpose built facility.  The building was somewhat controversial because local residents were concerned about the proposed height of the building and even more about the fact that it was allowing the nursery to expand from 36 places to 80.  This, they claimed, would put local streets under increased pressure from associated traffic dropping off and picking up the children.  The new facility has two elements.  The nursery buildings are on one side of Statsråd Daaes gate and a playground is on the other.

The nursery/kindergarten is organized into two age groups.  The Munch department for children between 0 and 3 and the Picasso department for 3 to 6 year olds.