kamigori preschool by katsuhiro miyamoto & associates


Kamigori Kindergarten exudes safety and openness

Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates shares his latest educative project, the Kamigori kindergarten, located in the Japanese Hyogo Prefecture. The set reveals a set of four wooden buildings organized around a courtyard, creating an open but highly secure educational space for children.

From the outside, children’s activities can be seen through the space between the buildings, and from inside the garden, children and teachers can enjoy a view of the surrounding mountains over the roof.‘, notes the studio.

all images © Takumi Ota

clear circulation and gradual spatial changes

For circulation and access, the architects (see more here) have installed an arch bridge that connects the corridors of the Kamigori Nursery School above the entrance courtyard, creating a direct link between the main hubs of the complex. The team also made sure to clearly distinguish the internal circulation (barefoot area) from the external circulation, general on the ground.

Another prominent feature is a large semi-outdoor space fitted with a deep eave above a veranda that wraps around the courtyard. Its gables extend over the nursery room, the teachers’ rest area, the kitchen service entrance and the garden, creating a softly sheltered space.

katsuhiro miyamoto's associates have completed a courtyard-type kindergarten located in a remote city of hyogo prefecture 2

In terms of area, the interior totals 927 m², while the exterior reaches 874 m². “For the interiors, we have tried to design it in detail so that the scale and finish as well as the quality of the space and landscape will gradually change depending on the developmental stage of the child; it creates an environment that easily and naturally fosters the formation of identity,” concludes Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates.katsuhiro miyamoto's associates have completed a courtyard-type kindergarten located in a remote city of hyogo prefecture 3

katsuhiro miyamoto's associates have completed a courtyard-type kindergarten located in a remote city of hyogo prefecture 4

katsuhiro miyamoto's associates have completed a courtyard-type kindergarten located in a remote city of hyogo prefecture 6

katsuhiro miyamoto's associates have completed a courtyard-type kindergarten located in a remote city in hyogo prefecture 7

katsuhiro miyamoto's associates have completed a courtyard-type kindergarten located in a remote city of hyogo prefecture 9

project info:

Last name: Kamigori Kindergarten

location: Kamigori Town, Ako District, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

total floor area: 1,398 m²

Completion date: 2021
architecture Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates

photography: Takumi Ota

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edited by: léa zeitoun | design boom

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