SAKO architects: LOOP kindergarten in tianjin
SAKO architects: LOOP kindergarten in tianjin SAKO architects: LOOP kindergarten in tianjin
apr 19, 2013
SAKO architects: LOOP kindergarten in tianjin

‘LOOP kindergarten’ by SAKO architects, tianjin, china
image © misae hiromatsu
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the ‘LOOP’ kindergarten in tianjin by tokyo and beijing-based practice SAKO architects creates a clear contrast between the industrious apartment-block surroundings and the colorful colosseum of education. not a single sharp corner exists – from the footprint to the window sills, beveled edges make for a kid-friendly environment brought to life with 18 vivid tones that span the spectrum of the color wheel and carry through to the structure.

view from the running track
image © misae hiromatsu




the gradually transforming colors also hold a logistical purpose – they are used by the children to identify different areas in the structure so they do not get lost or confused in a circular building. classrooms are organized over three levels, the top two of which contain a series of windows that look into the central courtyard space. the top storey allows access to the rooftop garden where smaller structures serve as open-air playgrounds.

entrance to courtyard
image © misae hiromatsu




the bottom level has outward facing windows and a covered series of atria in a large arena-like multifunctional assembly area. various platforms tinged to match the corresponding columns step out of or into the ground plane creating spheres of activity for smaller groups.


skylights that protrude into the exterior courtyard are carried through into the underground square bringing in plenty of natural daylight. each student has a right to views, fresh air, and access to open spaces, a factor which this project takes to heart so that adults and kids alike can enjoy their learning environments.

central courtyard
image © misae hiromatsu

view towards the central courtyard
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image © misae hiromatsu

stairs to the central underground courtyard
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entrance to central hall
image © misae hiromatsu

central hall below the exterior courtyard with skylights
image © misae hiromatsu

elevated and sunken stepped platforms of various colors that refer to the hues of the proximal columns
image © misae hiromatsu

image © misae hiromatsu

image © misae hiromatsu

rooftop garden
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bird’s eye view
image © misae hiromatsu

image © misae hiromatsu



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project info:


project name: loop in tianjin
project location: tianjin, china
project type: kindergarten  
architect/s: keiichiro sako, yoko fujii, jing, junya kazuno/ sako architects
lighting design: masahide kakudate lighting architect & associates,inc.
client: sino-ocean land holdings limited
size: 3 stories
gross floor area: 4,300 sqm
design period: 2009/06-2011/03
construction period: 2011/04-2012/07
photography credit: ruijing photo

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