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2019 WAN Awards: Kakogawa Kindergarten - Kakogawa Kindergarten

Jessica Evans
03 Jun 2019

Kakogawa Kindergarten is an entry in the Colour in Architecture category at the 2019 World Architecture News Awards.

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.

Takenaka Corporation strongly believe in the philosophy: “Contribute to society by passing on the best works to future generations.” To find out more, click here.

The World Architecture News Awards showcase the best international design in both current and future projects. Entries for the 2019 Awards are now open - for further information and to submit your entry please click here.

 

Key Facts

Japan
Colour in architecture
2019
Architecture

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