Leimondo Nursery School in Nagahama, Japan by Archivision Hirotani Studio; photo by Kurumata Tamotsu
A number of recently completed kindergarten projects have proved that designing user-centred environments for the more diminutive among us shouldn’t be at odds with creating highly expressive structures. Architonic takes a look at a selection of nursery schools with a grown-up ambition.
(by Simon Cowell)
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'Family Box' by crossboundaries architects, photo by Chaoying Yang
crossboundaries architects is a young, Berlin and Beijing based team of international architects, established in 2005. Recently they completed this play school in Beijing, located at the outer corner of a park, placed in a natural environment. The building is a mixure of an indoor playground and a kindergarten for children up to twelve years old and hosts different kinds of activities – from swimming, playing games to various classes ranging from music, dancing, crafting to cooking.
Kindergarten Sighartstein, photo by Angelo Kaunat, Salzburg
This play school and nursery near Salzburg, Austria was realised by the German architectural practice kadawittfeldarchitektur. The building, situated in a small villages surrounded by fields and grassland, is characterised by a pictorial, abstract “grass-facade” – an ornament which creates identity and orientation at the same time. The inside of the building follows a strict material and colour-scheme of greenish and natural shades and materials.