The aim of this project was to reinterpret spatial quality of a forest in the kindergarten and to make a cultural focal point of the local community by opening their academic environment to the town. Masashi Suzuki and other architects from Takenaka Corporation did this through designing a porous open air building connected to its surroundings.
Rooms are scattered through careful study in interaction with the environment. By blurring edges and combining various colours and materials, the building obtains an ambiguous openness and continuity to the environment. Users can stroll around and enjoy the light and breezes as if they are in a forest. Children will be active and able to develop their curiosity and motivation to learn.
Colours play important roles in the architecture from both sides: interior and exterior. Each colour characterises the living space of children and raises imageability and attachment to individual places. Also, colours express to the town the lively active atmosphere of the building. The number of visitors has increased after the completion of the project. Each colour within the building was chosen from flowers in their surrounding environment to reflect the traditional Japanese colour palette - often named after indigenous plants and animals.
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