Green Architecture - Dodge Preschool

Designed to recall “grandma’s cottage in the woods” this preschool is set within the beautiful Dodge Nature Center & Farm in West St. Paul. Large icons of home and secure surroundings (massive wood trusses, fieldstone foundation and hardwood floors) mixed with child-sized nooks and windows create a truly welcoming environment. The goal is to soften the transition from home to school. A variety of textures, window heights, and places to explore engage the children with the building and encourage them to connect with this place. Things such as a butterfly garden and binoculars set-up to view a muskrat lodge continually draw the students to the natural surroundings.
All fixtures, materials and accents carry the nature / ecology theme throughout the school. Etched slate tiles, extensive woodworking and environmentally friendly materials are used throughout this Arts & Crafts style design. In-floor heat provides unlimited comfortable play spaces, even in the coldest of Minnesota winters.

NASBO International Architecture Exhibition Award of Excellence 2002

Architecture MN Magazine 1/01

AIA Minneapolis Merit Award 2003

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