There is nothing more exciting for the younger members of the family than starting kindergarten, but this is doubled when the design is one from Moriyuki Ochiai architects. This project of theirs was constructed in Tokyo, Japan. They have put themselves in the place of the children so that they could understand exactly what they needed, and here it is! An exciting environment suitable for implementing this kindergarten’s educational policy, which focuses on bringing up children that can think, learn and act independently. In doing so, they created a space in which seasonal changes can be experienced to the fullest by taking advantage of the glass windows facing a garden outside of the building to usher the great outdoors into the kindergarten. They experimented with a landscape design populated with lakes, hills and mountains that would inspire children a variety of uses and fun ways to play by stimulating their imagination. Here, the scenery and relief associated with nature is echoed throughout the space by a cleverly designed stage resembling a hill, furniture representing small mountains, caves or cabins and mirrors reminiscent of the surface of a body of water, while the color gradations of the walls feature a palette evoking the beauty of nature. What more could a child want. Photos: atsushi ishida
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