As the kindergarten is located in an open field at the north suburb of Shanghai, this time we choose an unitary and poweful solid standing in the pure situation, different from the strategy to give a couple of detached units we used to.
The building is composed by two large mass which facing south and north. The north part is the main traffic space—-an atrium with many slopes linked to different height. The south part is for the classrooms. There are activity rooms and bedrooms for 15 classes and there also have some big classroom for sharing.
Different levels of floors make this building dymatic, which also creat the interesting cave space for the outdoor activities where the level changes, arranging the courtyards vertically instead of the traditional horizontal pattern, with the coutyards and childrens’ activities as the part of the façade.
The alternation of different levels also vivifies the interior space. The atrium with the ramp as the main traffic connection provides a spacial experience beyond the daily life, exciting, interesting, novel, creating a brilliant kindgarten full of imagination.
The ambiguity of the space provides the more possibilities to the use of kindgarten.
Project name: Kindergarten in Jiading New Town
Location: Hongde Rd, Jiading, Shanghai, China