this design for a kindergarten in vietnam is enough to make any kid excited for class — who wouldn’t want to learn in school like this? it’s an open, beautifully assembled space with a sense of whimsy that can truly make anyone feel like a child again.

 

the ‘chuon chuon kim 2 kindergarten’ school designed by kientruc o is built almost entirely of exposed brick. the architects note the project’s similarity to a LEGO building, perhaps added to by the jubilant colors. the brick walls vary, with each section bearing a unique assembly that catches the eye and excites the imagination. the color of the brick is brought out by the use of orange and yellow. 

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all images by hiroyuki oki

 

 

out of theses great towers of brick emerges an exterior stairwell that weaves in a new narrative, creating moments of escape on sunny days. the spaces between the stairwells are dissected as if by the outline of a house, creating interesting voids that are filled with light and shadow. internally, navigating the space is just as pleasant — an open spiral staircase is bookended by the expert masonry that leads downward. according to kientruc o ‘each floor is arranged in an alternating pattern to enhance vertical interaction, encourage children to be more receptive of their surroundings, and stimulate their inner creativity.

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light is an important asset in a learning environment — it has the ability to energize a class of little kindergarteners and facilitate learning. the architects take a thoughtful approach toward negotiating light and dark. the spaces they create have tremendous contrasts, that accentuate the wonderful journey through the school. 

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dam-vu kindergarten

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dam-vu kindergarten

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project info:

 

architects: kientruc o
principal architect: đàm vũ
project team: anni lê, tài nguyễn, dân hồ, phương đoàn, duy tăng, giang lê, đức lê, tân phạm
constructor: đinh đức anh vũ
client: chuon chuon kim edu
project year: 2017
location: district 2, ho chi minh city, vietnam
plot area: 409m2
photograph : hiroyuki oki

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