Margarinfabrikken

This is Margarinfabrikken (The Margarine Factory) at Bjølsen (Stavangergata 42), Oslo. It was built between 1926 and 1927 and put into operation in 1929. The architect of the building is Thorvald Astrup. The main building has protected status worthy of preservation.

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Today the Margarine Factory is Norway’s largest nursery with 6-700 children. The kindergarten was officially opened during autumn 2010. It’s a so called «base kindergarten», a daycare with more public space than a department nursery. In a base daycare the cloakroom, toilet and possibly one assembly hall often belongs the “departent”, while the dining room, play room, art rooms etc are all common areas. In a more traditional daycare, each department acts as an independent “nursery”.

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Today the Margarine Factory is Norway’s largest nursery with 6-700 children. The kindergarten was officially opened during autumn 2010. It’s a so called «base kindergarten», a daycare with more public space than a department nursery. In a base daycare the cloakroom, toilet and possibly one assembly hall often belongs the “departent”, while the dining room, play room, art rooms etc are all common areas. In a more traditional daycare, each department acts as an independent “nursery”.

The idea is that the children will move freely around the building’s many rooms and explore different activities.

When Sweden in the 1980’s started to build base kindergartens, this was thoroughly researched and tested before it was launched. After a period of development of such base kindergartens, the experiment was stopped.

Both parents and staff in kindergartens wanted to return to the traditional kindergarten, partly because the staff felt that they could better provide the children with a safe and close care in a traditional daycare center.

In Norway they just started building base kindergartens without doing any research – saving costs is more important than the welfare of the children.

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15 thoughts on “Margarinfabrikken

  1. I agree with the Swedish visión…6700 children!!!! They are not University Students, they are small children!!!! I think room to explore is necessary, but also affect and care!

  2. What wonderfully clean lines and beautiful architecture… especially considering its current use as a nursery. One comes to expect some cartoon type figures and colourful exteriors but this is refreshing. 🙂

        • It’s 6-700 kids that are moving around freely on the premises. In my opinion a child, especially a young child, needs to feel a sense of security. They get this from knowing the other kids in the group and by relating to grown-ups. I think that most children feel more secure when the departments are smaller and when they have a regular group to socialise with.
          There’s probably also plenty of good reasons why Sweden gave up this form of kindergartens a long time ago. Perhaps a smarter move would have been to learn from their mistakes instead of repeating them…?

  3. A mass kindergarten – not the smartest idea .. I can only imagine the noise coming from that place ;). Do you eat margarine?

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