Timeshare Sport kindergarten is situated on the North West edge of the Belarus capital city Minsk and it is the first public building in the country built with timber with A+ energy efficiency certificate and was built by Riko Hiše d.o.o.. This modern designed European kindergarten not only brings elements of sustainability to public building investment but also offers series of innovations in the field of education.
Children today lack of physical activities and Timeshare sport kindergarten is designed to address this issue. The design focus is to encourage movement and physical activity, which has proven to have a positive effect on the development of children’s body and mind. Physical activity helps improving also their concentration and ability to memorise, while at the same time they develop their social skills through sport. Sport orientation of the kindergarten can be seen on all levels of the building. On the outside, there are two hockey goals as a part of the wooden, while on the inside there is abundance of sport equipment and two sport halls for hundred. One hall is for practice ballet, the other for group sports and climbing, lots of equipment is mobile and can be moved around the building. Even parts of the furniture are designed to support sport as fro example desk for teachers than can also be used as indoor football goal. Several other elements have double use as well, as stairs that form an amphitheater with colourful cushions or cupboard doors in the playrooms that are used as blackboards for drawing. In the ballet hall there is a special smaller modular amphitheater that can be quickly turned into tables and chairs that can transform the place quickly into additional playroom or space for other activities. Playrooms are designed to be spacious and open, with fully glassed wall orientated towards the playground. Between the playrooms there are sliding doors that ease cooperation and exchange among kids of different groups and ages. Playroom floors have several special floor signs that indicate different sport activities as basketball, football or hopscotch and even a road that goes through two playrooms and central space. Kids can ride their scooters along the way and with special children traffic signs they may also learn the basics of traffic.
The exterior of the kindergarten offers a series of spaces for different sports and play activities. Special innovation is an elliptical football field - the shape of the ellipse reflects better the movement of the children while the deviation from the established or expected form of the playground unconsciously encourages mental creativity. Beside the tradition play equipment there is also an athletics area and multi-purpose platform that can be used for several sport activities. Each playroom has its own wooden playground pavilion, which protects children against strong summer sun or the rain in case of bad weather. In the middle of the playground there is also a small hill for sledding, skiing, rope climbing and other motor activities, while the rest of the free surfaces can be used to organise various sport polygons or in winter very popular cross-country skiing.