Toyama Nursery Centre Project

Main use
Nursery Centre
Site area
5,512 ㎡










<The architectural concept>
In the planning of the Toyama Kindergarten we will focus of the theme of ‘scale’.
While questioning the common planning process, we understand that a kindergarten is not premeditated with careful consideration towards the growth process of the children. Rather the area of each room space and modular planning, consequently the scale of the space becomes irrelevant towards the young children who are the subject of the space.
Accordingly, we are aiming to create a unified architecture that can support the growth process and learning curve by creating architecture with a relevant scale in respects to the age of the children using the space and the activities that accompany their education. Just as a one would adapt and give new clothes in relation to the growth of the child we want to create the surroundings with a relatable scale akin to the scale of furniture.
Through this, the children in the kindergarten are able to develop with a coherent relationship with space around them.
We envision an irregular landscape that spreads beneath a large roof filled with children freely engaging in activity.

<Concept Diagram>
・Toddler room + Nursery
A room configured with a flat floor allows activities on the ground, and allows interaction with the carers, to freely engage with the toddlers in a safe manner.

・Room for children aged 2
In addition to the flat floor, a slight relief to the ground, children are able to gain a sense of balance and are able to walk around in the space.

・Room for children aged 3
In the perimeter of the room a bench form is placed. This form is employed to teach kids to gradually attain the habit of sitting.

・Room for children aged 4
In addition to the seating around the perimeter of the room, in this space we introduce desks to install the habit of carrying out activities in this environment.

・Room for children aged 5
By using a flat floor and walls, this space introduces separate desks and chairs, to encourage and introduce studying and various activities.

<Plan Composition>
1. In the center of the building a play area is placed to allow easy and direct access to each classroom, which negates the need for any corridors.
2. Due to the rammed earth walls constructed in our workshops, we can create a subtle partition between spaces, and we can integrate furniture like features in the plan. The rammed earth surfaces allow for interesting material quality and feel to exist within the interior spaces.
3. By locating a large playroom in the center of the building we allow, the space to be used extensively and to become a working hub for the activity within in the building.
4. Each classroom is adjacent to the outside garden spaces, which provides fast, direct access to safety in the case of an emergency.
5. In case of any local emergency, we will create a large play area, adult WC and medical office.
6. The large roof and the deep construction grid will subtly cover the building.
7. The decked entrance space is partly opened, half of it is covered by the building roof which not only acts as an entrance/corridor but also as a large balcony connecting the play area and the playground.
8. The spaces separated by age, will consist of distinctive differences which will make each learning stage unique and will allow the children to have different experiences throughout.
9. The rammed earth surface will form the partition walls and bench features.
10. The pool will be located in the southern side of the building and will be divided by the earth’s walls.
11. By changing the finish and form of the rammed earth surface in each room, we can create spaces which are relevant to the growth of the children.