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.
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.
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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