With people's constant desire for aesthetics, design style of modern kindergartens has evolved from colorful to simple and attractive. Among them, pastoral style is a category that has attracted a lot of attention.
Today I will talk about two examples from kindergarten in pastoral style:
Chikushi Kindergarten - Japan
The Kindergarten is located in a quiet location, surrounded by old country roads, waterways, agricultural land and houses at foot of hills.
The building consists of three rooms: a dining room for 40 young children, parents and staff, two classrooms for children 4 and 5 years old and a hall.
The dining room has a completely open design, and structure, order and strength of building are optimized with columns and beams.
The crossbeams and columns in restaurant gradually widen at ceiling, spaced 3.5 meters apart and rotated 45 degrees, forming main structural network of building's columns.
Thanks to horizontal and vertical reference points of gaze, a gradual sense of interior depth is created, thereby establishing a certain sense of physical distance in senses.
Using furniture and landscape design, architect created a seamless transition between outdoor and indoor spaces and created a fluid, forest-like environment, enhancing sense of flow in space.
In interior planning, special attention is paid to visual expansion, which stimulates children's desire to explore.
Kindergarten in spring - Anji, Zhejiang
The visually designed shape of entire building has multiple meanings, and soft border maximizes sense of three-dimensionality and feel of the space being active.
Outside garden there is a place where children can run and jump as much as they like, with soft ground and small sand dunes, as well as a very characteristic small garden field. Encourage children to discover and experiment.
The design focuses more on scale of opening and free planning of space. Indoor and outdoor can be moved freely, and various functions are fully compatible, allowing children to play, learn and explore the behavior here anytime, anywhere.
The huge daylight roof brings natural scenery and light and shadow to interior, and starlight is everywhere, creating an interactive dialogue between interior and exterior of building. Interesting window openings and sunlight create rich and varied light and shadow effects.
A large area of pure white is used as base of space, then blended with warmth of woodwork to convey purity of children's hearts.
There are round portholes on ceiling of classroom. It reduces dullness of space and adds a bit of a sci-fi feel. Feel change of seasons at close range, and your children will give free rein to their boundless imagination.
Huge floor-to-ceiling glass doors merge landscape of garden with interior space, blurring boundaries between inside and outside and creating a free perception and experience.
More round and curved lines make whole space visually flow more, which helps inspire children to think.