hakusui nursery by yamazaki kentaro defined by stepped interior hakusui nursery by yamazaki kentaro defined by stepped interior
apr 07, 2015

hakusui nursery by yamazaki kentaro defined by stepped interior

hakusui nursery by yamazaki kentaro defined by stepped interior
image © naomi kurozumi
all images courtesy of yamazaki kentaro design workshop

 

 

 

japan GOOD DESIGN award: hakusui nursery school in chiba city, japan, is built on a gentle sloping hill adjacent to a small wooded area. designed by yamazaki kentaro design workshop, the japanese practice wanted the children to be exposed to as much of the surrounding nature as possible. by establishing the orientation, wind and topography of the site, the kindergarten has a capacity of 60 people and features a gradual stepped interior with a sloping roof supported by timber columns of varying inclinations. composed mainly of light timber, the building faces south, giving the child-friendly space a comfortable atmosphere and plenty of natural sunlight. the stepped nature of the interior allows the floor plan to be divided into different play zones whilst small pods painted in the primary colors provides a private space for learning activities. the glazing on either side of the architecture, and the large glass opening at the top, allows natural ventilation to travel through the space, providing the nursery a pleasant breeze, especially in the summer months.

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a mechanism built on the roof operates an automatic watering system where the rainwater that has been accumulated follows the sloped gradient of the roof, creating a waterfall at the edge and collected in the jabujabu pond underneath. proving popular with the children, yamazaki kentaro design workshop has conceived the outdoor area with the natural ponds and the timber decking encourages open-air playing and interaction whilst surrounded by natural scenery.

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kids playing at the top level
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smaller steps on the side for access
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top platform
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the rainwater mechanism promotes roof cooling and creates a waterfall for children to play in
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jabujabu pond and the timber decking
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the top decked area
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side view in the evening
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the nursery from the outside at night
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project info:

 

 

location: sakura-shi, chiba
site area: 104,664 sqm
floor area: 53,028 sqm
principle use: nursery
structure: timber
structual design: ryuji tabata, takayuki tabata
facility design: yamada machinery office / hiroyuki yamada
graphic design: shunpei yokoyama design office / shunpei yokoyama

 

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the hakusui nursery school is a winner of the 2015 japan GOOD DESIGN for the future award, presented during tokyo designers week 2015.

 

the GOOD DESIGN award was founded in 1957 by the japanese ministry of international trade and industry and is hosted by the japan institute for design promotion. the ‘g mark’ emblem reflects comprehensive design values and principles that aim to enrich lives, industries and society. 

 

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