A large roof for a small kindergarten : TYO’s Toranoko Kindergarten
The expressive roof of the small Toranoko Kindergarden resembles a treetop.
The Kindergarten offers a spectacular view of the famous Mount Fuji. With very few residential buildings and farms in the neighborhood there is a peaceful and at the same time slightly melancholic mood. A new common room for the local residents was to be created. With the further development of the idea, a lounge and a children’s area were added.
Architect: TYO Takashige Yamashita Office
Location: Yamanashi prefecture(JP)
Our Favourites: Three exemplary kindergartens in Japan
First, we have a kindergarten in Okazaki, Central Japan with inviting playgrounds. Then there is the Toranoko Kindergarten with a view of Mount Fuji and finally an award-winning project in Tokyo.
Under the Hood: Kindergarten in Okazaki
The kindergarten of the Nara siblings in Okazaki in central Japan urgently needed an extension.”Demolish and rebuild” would have been an obvious option. However, Ma Yansong and his architecture studio MAD decided to leave the wooden skeleton of the previous building as a playhouse in the middle of the new daycare center.
Clients: Kentaro und Tamaki Nara
Architects: MAD Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun, Takahiro Yonezu, Yukan Yanagawa, Hiroki Fujino, Julian Sattler, Davide Signorato
Location: Okazaki (JP)