D1 Kindergarten and Nursery

- in KINDERGARTENS
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This building was requirement for renovation that is located in the city of Kumamoto, Japan, designed by company HIBINOSEKKEI+Youji no Shiro.
From them was required to provide a highly changeable plan where fixed item is not set as much as possible in the building to change form and size of the room to the most appropriate form to be suitable for day activities for different types of classes and at the same time to create environment where the children can feel nature in the city.
Architects plan was to set a partition in nursery room and partition off by furniture where they can change form and territory of the class at their discretion. Because it is also possible to change the shape every time to update, furniture is also changeable. Children are buying this furniture at the time of admission to the kindergarten and bring back home at the time of graduation. This system makes furniture in the kindergarten updated annually, and also keeps the interior clean.

The entire interior is a transparent. Fixture of partitions in building such as doors, sliding doors, window frames, can open the whole building, and thereby they can use the whole building like semi-outdoor space, space with high freedom. In addition, because it is provided with external screen on the outer periphery, it blocks a strong sunlight and rain.
Because kindergarten is designed to be opened, the rain is pooled in the patio when it rains. This is the best play area for children. Water is frozen to ice in this basin in winter where it can be used as skating rink. In winter they can feel snow if the snow fell in the building.
As roof can be opened and closed according to weather, it can be used for stadium for all weather such as badminton, volleyball and other sport.
Same space can be a lunch room by cooperating with nearly kitchen.
Uniqueness of the building is also shown in toilet. The main idea is to provide bright and open toilet at same time. As a result, the children do not feel scary about the toilet, so they can go whenever they have need.

This kind of highly free space, which is used for all purposes, creates many types of playing and educational areas for stimulating the children’s creativity.
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