sugawaradaisuke landscapes yutaka kindergarten to promote active learning
sugawaradaisuke landscapes yutaka kindergarten to promote active learning sugawaradaisuke landscapes yutaka kindergarten to promote active learning
oct 20, 2015

sugawaradaisuke landscapes yutaka kindergarten to promote active learning

sugawaradaisuke landscapes yutaka kindergarten to promote active learning
images courtesy of sugawaradaisuke




derived from a philosophy of a play and active-based education to promote the freethinking in children, tokyo practice sugawaradaisuke designed the yutaka kindergarten in japan. the designers decided to trace the word ‘kindergarten’ back to its original meaning ‘children’s garden’ which resulted in the site being characterized as a series of gardens.

there are three gardens that adopt different themes: ‘garden of motion’, ‘garden of stillness’, and ‘garden with a roof’




through the use of the landscaped mosaic-like gardens, a number of diverse spaces for the children were formed and specific approaches were adopted to realize them. there are three gardens, each with contrasting furniture, walls and equipment:  ‘garden of motion’, ‘garden of stillness’ and ‘garden with a roof’. each plot has been seamlessly integrated with each other to allow children of all ages to coexist and play together.

one of the classrooms which face the playground



furthermore, the use of the layered, ramp-like walls referencing mountains have been used to induce the children’s motion by controlling their views. the distinctive organization of these partition walls instill spaciousness, diverse dispersion of light and a relationship between the loosely separated classrooms.



sugawaradaisuke explains: ‘variety of gardens expanded indoors and outdoors, stimulates human instincts to search for adequate environment, developing infant perceptions and experiences. the mixture of play that children are provided passively and play that children discover actively, is the very environment to educate infants through experience and creation.’

the nursery is built on a philosophy of a play-based education, encouraging children to develop their thinking actively

the designers traced the word ‘kindergarten’ to its origin – ‘children’s garden’ to develop the project

blurred views, dispersion of light are elements that contribute to the use of the distinctive walls

the layered walls reference mountains and is layered throughout the interior

the exterior instills a forest of biodiversity to contribute to the education program

the nursery is based at the center where the playgrounds surround all four walls

the flat roofed building is in saitama, japan

the kindergarten at night


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