tomonoki-himawari, located in tokyo’s arakawa ward, is a newly established private kindergarten with a capacity of 175 people. seeing that the surrounding environment was densely populated by houses and factories, mamm design aspired to create a space that would contribute to the growth of the children’s minds and bodies, and where the teachers and children could feel surrounded by nature. to achieve this, the studio arranged the classrooms and playroom to encircle the lush, green, light-filled garden to create a courtyard that brings the outside in.

mamm design kindergarten designboom
aerial view — the surrounding environment is densely populated by houses and factories

 

 

to correspond with the children’s developmental changes, mamm design set up diverse spaces, such as classrooms, with different ceiling heights, playhouses suspended above the courtyard, and outdoor corridors which are looped and differ in width so that the children can have a variety of spaces to play or rest in. furthermore, the uses for each space was not decided beforehand in order to give the teachers and children the freedom to enjoy and utilize the rooms in ways that benefit them.

mamm design kindergarten designboom
entrance of the playroom — natural motifs such as insects, trees, etc. are on the ceilings and walls as patterns and objects

 

 

‘as designers, we can appreciate the way spaces change for the people that use them,’ explains the team. ‘to further stimulate and enrich the children’s sensitivity, the entire facility is planted three-dimensionally in a way that showcases the four seasons and the changes in vegetation. as nature transforms with the seasons, the insects and birds that the vegetation attracts can be enjoyed by the children and their parents.’

mamm design kindergarten designboom
the outdoor corridors are looped and differ in width so that the children can have a variety of spaces to study, play or rest

 

 

inspired by the surroundings, natural motifs such as insects, trees, etc. are hidden within and around the building as patterns and objects, so that the children can enjoy the space by constantly discovering new things. ‘as architects, we hope the special moments and memories made at tomonoki-himawari kindergarten stay with the children even after graduation,’ says maya mada, co-founder of the studio.


the classrooms and playroom encircle the lush, green, light-filled garden to create a courtyard that brings the outside in

 


the playhouses suspended above the courtyard connect children on the ground and above

 

mamm design kindergarten designboom
the courtyard is planted three-dimensionally in a way that showcases the four seasons and the changes in vegetation

 


the courtyard has undulation slightly up and down

 


geometric patterns on the playground trigger children’s play

 


the courtyard can be the extension of classrooms on a fine day

 


as nature transforms with the seasons, the insects and birds that the vegetation attracts can be enjoyed by the children and their parents

 


a children’s toilet on the ground floor

 


classrooms are open toward the courtyard

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: maria erman | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news