2021 WAN Awards entry: Kindergarten of Museum Forest - Yunchao Xu/Atelier Apeiron/SZAD

Copy taken from 2021 entry
10 Jun 2021

Kindergarten of Museum Forest by Yunchao Xu/Atelier Apeiron/SZAD is an entry in the Education category of the 2021 WAN Awards

A site compressed by the city: This is a kindergarten reconstruction and expansion project, located in the first residential community built in Shenzhen in the 1980s. On the north side of the base is a preserved old building with a very irregular outline on the south side and very close to the housing.

Flowing space released from blocks: Rather than following the traditional matrix layout, we developed a new geometric relationship between the new building and the site, by organizing a series of axises in different directions. It is the most efficient way for classrooms to avoid the influence from the residentials and the main road. The gaps among the education blocks give the smooth flow to the entire campus. The new together with the old building enclose a large oval courtyard to hold various group events.

Classrooms surrounded by nature: Each classroom is surrounded by nature. The space without names inbetween classrooms may be small or big, narrow or wide, up or down. Combined with a generative curriculum, these different shapes will be redefined and changed by children and teachers in everyday life. More than just a constant playground, the campus is a living community built by everyone.

A three-dimensional light maze: Connected by bridges and platforms, are there four cubic units, which are staggered and stacked by three-story standard classrooms. During the day, light and shadow change with the sun. In the evening, the cubes emit mysterious lights, and become a playful maze for kids.

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