Renate Steger, Josef Staar, Reinhart Handl
Heinz Kienast, Lois Lammerhuber
24 x 27 cm, 608 pages, 565 illustrations in colour
English/German, Hardback
ISBN 978-3-901753-60-2, June 2013


KINDER(!)GARTEN documents the changes in the ‘kindergarten scene’ of Lower Austria between 2008 and 2012. An architectural effort without parallel anywhere on the globe.

For decades municipalities in Lower Austria have cooperated with the provincial government to provide families with – mostly free – kindergarten places near their homes. In December 2007 regulations came into force that allow children from the age of two-and-a-half to enter kindergarten, as opposed to the age of three previously. This led to the creation of additional kindergarten places.

From 2008 and almost concurrently, more than three hundred municipalities set out to implement this expansion programme. Within three years 667 additional classes were created and some 65% of the infrastructure of Lower Austrian public kindergartens renovated.

This enormous number of architectural impulses has literally reformed the kindergarten scene in Lower Austria like nothing that went before. A unique architectural, logistic and economic achievement and an infrastructure project without parallel anywhere in the world.

The book shows the enormous diversity of look and feel for this very specific type of building. Driven by educational targets,its sole aim is to provide an environment for children that enables playful learning and social behaviour as well as an intuitive enjoyment of the language of architecture in geometrical, mathematical and aesthetic terms. Inspiration for life.


Heinz Kienast

Technician in the Structural Engineering Department of the provincial government of Lower Austria.

Josef Staar

Jurist and Head of the Kindergarten and Schools Department of the provincial government of Lower Austria.

Lois Lammerhuber

is a photographer and publisher. His close collaboration with GEO Magazine started in 1984, continues to this day, and has greatly influenced his approach to photography. His pictures have been published in hundreds of books and magazines and earned him international awards, including three times the Graphis Photo Awards for the world’s best photo report of the year. He joined the Art Directors Club New York in 1994. In 1996 he set up Edition Lammerhuber publishing house. In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honour, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the City of Vienna, the Prize for Special Merit for Representative and Media Art by the City of Baden and the Grand Medal of Honour for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018 he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.

Reinhart Handl

Staff member of the Kindergarten Department of the provincial government of Lower Austria.

Renate Steger

Psychologist and Deputy Head of the Kindergarten Department of the provincial government of Lower Austria.