Andrew Burges Architects transforms Sydney warehouse into “mini city” for kids

This Sydney childcare and community centre by Andrew Burges Architects is filled with tiny house-shaped rooms and has a sandpit on its roof. Conceived as a city at child’s scale, the East Sydney Learning Centre is housed in a four-storey former warehouse building from the 1920s that is nestled within a tight network of lanes and streets. The architects were asked to

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AFKS wraps horseshoe-shaped kindergarten in stripy multicoloured metal cladding

Colourful metal cladding extends across the front of this daycare centre in the Finnish city of Espoo, which encloses a secluded playground to its rear. Painiitty Daycare Centre was designed by Helsinki studio AFKS for a site in the city’s Lintuvaara district, which is lined on its northern edge by a busy road. The site conditions prompted

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Hibinosekkei installs micro-house in Japanese kindergarten to encourage independent play

Japanese studio Hibinosekkei has added a small wooden playhouse to a kindergarten in the city of Saga to encourage independent domestic role play. Atsugi-based Hibinosekkei designed the small gabled playhouse within the open-plan corridors of the school. The 15-square-metre space houses toy versions of the typical amenities used to carry out household chores. The structure is made entirely from unfinished pine, with the exterior clad in

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Takashige Yamashita creates nursery with curving timber roof near Mount Fuji

A wavy plywood roof undulates above the glass-walled rooms of this nursery in Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture. Toranoko Nursery was designed by Tokyo-based Takashige Yamashita Office for a site southwest of the Japanese capital, which has a clear view towards Mount Fuji. The nursery is located at the centre of a campus providing care to the elderly,

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Shingle-clad school by (Se)arch Architekten is set around a cobbled courtyard

Stuttgart studio (Se)arch Architekten has completed a school and daycare centre in the German town of Tübingen, featuring cedar-shingled facades and a cobbled entrance courtyard. The education centre is situated in a wooded area on the banks of the Neckar river, from which the town’s castle and old town are visible across the water. It comprises

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Sharply pitched roofs break up the scale of Kengo Kuma’s kindergarten in Saitama

Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed a kindergarten in the Japanese city Saitama with a series of roofs that pitch steeply in opposing directions. The kindergarten, named Aitoku Hoikuen, is located in a residential district of Saitama, around 25 kilometres north of Tokyo, and contains facilities for 150 children. To help visually fragment the scale of

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Brown ceramic shingles cover Nomade Architectes’ village-inspired nursery near Paris

Earth-coloured ceramic tiles cover the roofs and walls of this nursery located on the outskirts of Paris, which is designed by French studio Nomade Architectes to look like a cluster of buildings (+ slideshow). The ceramic tiles overlap like shingles to cover the individual gabled buildings that make up Maison de la Petite Enfance. The nursery is located 35 kilometres More

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MAD transforms Japanese house into curvaceous kindergarten with a slide along one wall

Chinese studio MAD has draped a “skin” of white asphalt shingles over the wooden structure of an old house in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture to create a kindergarten with a curving roofline (+ slideshow). MAD completely overhauled the home of siblings Kentaro and Tamaki Nara to create Clover House Kindergarten – the Beijing studio’s first project in Japan. The Naras were previously running More

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Yasutaka Yoshimura wraps warehouse in tent fabric to create Fukumasu Base kindergarten

Architect Yasutaka Yoshimura has transformed a disused warehouse in Japan into a kindergarten by enveloping the existing structure in a tent-like translucent membrane (+ slideshow). Yoshimura’s Tokyo studio was tasked with converting the building in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, into a kindergarten and community centre that will welcome children and their families. They call the building Fukumasu More

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Lipton Plant adds indoor treehouse to Bath House nursery in Hackney

A tree-like structure connects each level of this children’s nursery in east London, designed by Lipton Plant Architects to reference Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson (+ slideshow). London-based Lipton Plant was brought on board to extend and refurbish The Bath House Children’s Community Centre in Hackney – a building which served as a public washing baths from the 1930s More

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Crossboundaries converts derelict building into kindergarten with rooftop playground

Slides and climbing frames connect brightly coloured playrooms in this kindergarten by Crossboundaries, set within a formerly derelict building in the financial district of Zhengzhou, China (+ slideshow). The Soyoo Joyful Growth Center occupies one of a trio of disused buildings in the city’s new financial centre, which was masterplanned by the late Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa in the More

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Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop’s kindergarten is designed as a large set of steps

Tokyo studio Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop created stepped levels inside this nursery in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture to form a large, open space across the sloping site (+ slideshow). The Hakusui Nursery School in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, features a glazed exterior with a series of wooden platforms that rise up to create separate but connected teaching and More

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Kraus Schoenberg’s Hamburg nursery opens up to its forested site on all sides

Roughly cut wooden planks clad classrooms arranged around a central glazed atrium at this nursery, set in a forested suburb in the German city of Hamburg (+ slideshow). Located in the city’s northeastern Ohlstedt neighbourhood, the building was designed by local office Kraus Schoenberg after the architects were introduced to the client by the owners of More

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Hibino Sekkei and Youji no Shiro’s kindergarten features house-shaped reading nooks

Japanese studios Hibino Sekkei and Youji no Shiro have returned to a kindergarten building in Kanagawa Prefecture they designed 42 years ago, updating it to suit modern teaching styles (+ movie). Located on a site in a residential area of Atsugi city, the Atsugi Nozomi (AN) Kindergarten needed updating to comply with current earthquake safety More

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Flower Kindergarten by OA Lab features curvy classrooms and colourful corridors

Walls with built-in flowerpots and a staircase that functions as a play space both feature at this Seoul kindergarten by local architects office OA Lab (+ slideshow). Located at the heart of a high-rise housing development in the South Korean capital’s Seocho District, the five-storey-high Flower Kindergarten was designed to provide a colourful landmark for its homogenous surroundings. OA Lab More

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Wavy concrete roof shelters corrugated metal kindergarten by Gabriel Verd in Spain

Black and green letters decorate the corrugated metal cladding of this kindergarten located in southwest Spain by Gabriel Verd Arquitectos (+ slideshow). The Seville-base studio was asked to add the kindergarten to the La Barrosa primary school in Chiclana de la Frontera, a town in Spain’s Cádiz region. Known as the Infant Pavilion, the 1,000-square-metre building is set on More

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School dining hall by De Rosee Sa and PMR recreates Fantastic Mr Fox’s underground village

A rainbow-coloured facade shaped like a row of houses fronts this school dining hall in southeast England, designed by UK studios De Rosee Sa and PMR to reference the stories of Roald Dahl (+ slideshow). Named Little Hall, the extension to Prestwood Infant School in Buckinghamshire contains a kitchen and servery providing hot school meals for up to 96 More

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COBE’s Frederiksvej Kindergarten is based on children’s drawings

Each of the small house-like volumes that make up this Copenhagen kindergarten were designed by Danish firm COBE to look like caricatures of homes with peaked roofs as drawn by children (+ slideshow). COBE won a competition in 2011 to build the Frederiksvej Kindergarten – billed as the biggest daycare centre in Copenhagen – in collaboration with landscape firm Preben More

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Alternating roofs break down scale of Von M’s slatted timber kindergarten

German studio Von M has completed a slatted timber building with a fragmented roofline to house a kindergarten in the German city of Ludwigsburg (+ slideshow). The Stuttgart firm converted and extended an existing residential building in the Poppenweiler district of the city to create the Kinder und Familien Zentrum. They affixed a new 1,425-square-metre kindergarten to one side of an existing block that More

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Julien De Smedt’s angular concrete youth centre in Lille features a colourful striped wall

Brightly coloured stripes cover one face of this bulky concrete community complex in Lille, which was designed by architect Julien De Smedt to host facilities for the “three ages of mankind” (+ slideshow). Euralille Youth Center sits on a triangular site in the city’s Porte de Valenciennes district. Its three corners accommodate a 70-cradle nursery, 200-bed youth hostel and community offices, while a triangular courtyard is located […]

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Raw concrete contrasts with 19th-century details at Le Gazouillis kindergarten

Swiss architects Omar Trinca and Guillaume Vallotton have added a concrete extension to a 19th-century villa in Geneva, creating more space for the kindergarten that now occupies it (+ slideshow). Le Gazouillis kindergarten is situated on the edge of the Swiss city’s Geisendorf Park. It occupies a villa built in 1877, which was converted for its […]

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Pierre-Alain Dupraz houses Swiss kindergarten within quartet of concrete blocks

Architect Pierre-Alain Dupraz chose exposed concrete for this cross-shaped kindergarten and crèche in Switzerland, giving it an austere appearance (+ slideshow). Located in a town on the shoreline of Lake Geneva, Kindergarten and Crèche in Prangins is made up from four rectilinear volumes that overlap at one end to give the building a crucifix-shaped plan. Geneva-based Dupraz selected this form to help diminish the scale […]

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Graal Architecture adds trio of corrugated metal cabins to a kindergarten in France

These three corrugated zinc and galvanised steel cabins by Graal Architecture provide a stilted reading room and sports hall for a nursery school in western Paris (+ slideshow). The Parisian studio added the structures to the Alliés de Chavannes nursery school in Mantes-la-Ville, a western suburb of Paris, to provide additional capacity. Two of the three structures are raised […]

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Le Roc Canteen by D’Houndt+Bajart is designed as a cross between a treehouse and a cave

The sheltered entrance to this craggy school canteen building in France is fronted with a “forest” of slender white columns (+ slideshow). Located in Tourcoing, northern France, the stone-like structure was designed by local studio D’Houndt+Bajart to create dining facilities for a neighbouring school and kindergarten. Unlike the school buildings on either side, which are both built from red brick, […]

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Brick blocks hold separate classrooms at Fonte de Angeão School by Miguel Marcelino

Set against a background of mature trees in rural Portugal, this primary school is separated into a series of brick structures intended to help fragment the building and lessen its impact on the landscape (+ slideshow). Lisbon-based architect Miguel Marcelino designed the primary school and kindergarten for 300 children in Fonte de Angeão, a parish […]

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Parisian nursery by Samuel Delmas resembles a pile of irregularly stacked boxes

This Paris nursery by French architect Samuel Delmas looks like a pile of stacked boxes, featuring a facade of aluminium louvres and colourful enamelled glass (+ slideshow). Paris-based A+ Samuel Delmas was commissioned by the local council to design the kindergarten for the Paris suburb of Asnières sur Seine. It is named Stacked and Crossed Views, after the staggered arrangement of blocks that […]

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Takeno Nursery by Suga Architects Office hides a two-storey garden behind its wooden walls

This kindergarten was designed by Suga Architects Office to make the most of a hemmed-in city plot and features a rooftop vegetable garden, a courtyard playground and a double-height playroom (+ slideshow). Located on the corner of a city block in Kobe, south-west Japan, the Takeno Nursery spans the full length and width of its 417-square-metre […]

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Hanazono Kindergarten designed to endure typhoons and offer outdoor play spaces

The Japanese island of Miyako-jima is prone to frequent typhoons, so this kindergarten was planned by studios Hibino Sekkei and Youji no Shiro to offer children protection from heavy rain and flying debris (+ slideshow). Located approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of Taiwan, Miyako-jima is the largest and most populous of the Miyako Islands. Tasked with designing a […]

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MAD to drape new skin over a house “like a piece of cloth” to transform it into a nursery

Chinese studio MAD has unveiled its design for a kindergarten enshrouded beneath a cloak of asphalt shingles, which is now under construction in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture. Clover House will be the first completed project in Japan by MAD – the Beijing studio led by architect Ma Yansong – and involves transforming an existing structure by adding a more organically […]

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Daycare centre near Brussels features child-size furniture and a combined staircase and slide

Skylights illuminate the timber-lined atrium of this daycare centre by ZAmpone Architectuur, where furniture, sleeping nooks and even the staircase are all designed to be accessible for little occupants (+ slideshow). Located in the Uccle district just outside the Belgian capital, the building and its contents were all designed by local studio ZAmpone Architectuur to suit the […]

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Hakemiya Nursery School is designed to remind children of their homes

Japanese studios Rhythmdesign and Case-Real came up with the design for this nursery school in Kumamoto after being given a brief to create “not a small school, but a big house” (+ slideshow). The client for Hakemiya Nursery School wanted a building that would make children feel comfortable, so Rhythmdesign and Case-Real teamed up to […]
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Light-filled classrooms surround a courtyard garden at DS Nursery in Japan

Small-scale fittings, blackboards walls and round toilet cubicles are incorporated into this kindergarten in Japan, designed by architecture studios Hibino Sekkei and Youji no Shiro around a garden playground (+ slideshow). Japanese studio Hibino Sekkei partnered with sister company Youji no Shiro – which specialises in design for children – on the design of DS Nursery, located in Ibaraki Prefecture. The playrooms, dining areas and […]
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Sand dune-inspired kindergarten completed by Dorte Mandrup beside a Swedish beach

This beachside kindergarten in Sweden was designed by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter with a jagged timber form, intended to be reminiscent of a sand dune (+ slideshow). Copenhagen-based Dorte Mandrup was charged with creating the Råå Day Care Center on the shoreline of the fishing village of Råå, located between the sea and the mouth of the River Råån in southern Sweden. Related story: Nursery extension by h2o Architectes […]
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Mud bricks and woven rattan used to build an affordable preschool in Morocco

Architects Nicolas Coeckelberghs and Dorian Vauzelle Mamoth collaborated with local workers in the Moroccan town of Aknaibich to construct this school building using local methods including adobe brickworking (+ slideshow). Nicolas Coeckelberghs from Brussels studio BC Studies and Dorian Vauzelle from the Mamoth Collective were invited by French organisation the GoodPlanet Foundation to oversee the creation […]

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Farming Kindergarten has a vegetable garden on its looping roof

This Vietnam kindergarten by Vo Trong Nghia Architects features a knot-shaped roof with a vegetable garden on top and three protected courtyard playgrounds (+ slideshow). Named Farming Kindergarten, the preschool is located in Dong Nai, just outside Ho Chi Min City. With facilities for up to 500 pupils, it was designed by Vo Trong Nghia […]

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RH+ creates daycare centre with three-dimensional geometric facade

A crumpled white shell patterned with tiny perforations wraps around this cluster of small-scale buildings by French studio RH+ that form a children’s centre in Paris (+ slideshow). RH+ designed the nursery to occupy an undeveloped piece of sloping land on Gustave Geffroy Street, in the south of the French capital. Related story: Nursery extension […]

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COBE’s Copenhagen kindergarten designed as a “village for children”

Vertical strips of masonry wrap around the buildings and playgrounds that make up Forfatterhuset Kindergarten, a new preschool in Copenhagen by Danish studio COBE (+ slideshow). COBE designed the three-storey structure, which has capacity for 160 children, to function as a scaled-down village with buildings of varying heights and purposes set within a landscaped area. Related story: Nursery school […]

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