KINCANGMontefiore. The kindergarten was designed by LYCS Architectureas an integrated architectural and interior design. Designed to the highest standards for kindergarten architecture in China, the project consists of 18 classes with a floor area of 16,512 square meters. The project is located in the high-density old city of Shaoxing, surrounded by neighborhoods of all ages, with the Xiaoshao Canal flowing quietly from the southeast of the site, reflecting the calm and serene life of the old city.
The design team came up with the concept of "the Wizard of Oz" around the theme of "exploration", dividing the building into six white "huts", which face the river and sit around an undulating "green carpet". "The "white houses" and the "green carpet" cleverly hide part of the building, creating a multi-dimensional three-dimensional activity space, hiding the building in nature and reproducing the innocence of the Wizard of Oz. The building is concealed in nature, recreating the innocence of the Wizard of Oz.
The saturated colors run from the building to the interior, and multiple large bright color blocks with warm log colors are used in each space, which simply and efficiently divide the use functions, and the elements that children love such as rounded arches and chamfered corners can be seen everywhere, and the functions of the interior space are combined with the ergonomics of young children to shape a personalized teaching space in a scenario-based way.
From the perspective of children, the campus itself is a forest encounter, with favorite slides and fun devices coming around a corner and play space prepared for children everywhere. At the same time, details such as height-appropriate railing handrails and rounded corners are silently designed to protect the children's adventure.
Every morning, parents bring their children safely to the first floor pick-up area, and after the children go through the morning check, they come to the foyer on the first floor. Once they step into the foyer, they feel like they have fallen into a "fantasy forest". The basketball court, mini-theater, parent-child dining bar, picture book library and swimming pool are set up on the active line of the first floor of the building, which is like a "dream parade" and is the first social initiation for children.
The small theater can accommodate 200 people and is an important place for children's daily and performance activities. The space adopts flexible and storable seats to adapt to different activity needs, and the multi-layered ceiling and stage design made of high saturated colors mobilize the atmosphere of the space and stimulate children's desire to perform.
The basketball hall chooses a bright yellow and blue color scheme to collide with the active space and inspire children's energy. The picture book library, on the other hand, uses a large area of wood color with green to create a warm and comfortable reading space, and the round sunken space brings a sense of security of enclosure, where children can enjoy reading.
The swimming pool is the favorite place for children in the hot summer. Unlike the uniform swimming pools, the swimming pool in Mond is filled with space by pink and blue gradient tiles, with continuous arched ceiling and doorways to stimulate the fun of the space and create a dreamy summer atmosphere, with water splashing around and the sound of children laughing and playing incessantly.
As the first international kindergarten to practice a diversified curriculum, "exploring the future" is the theme of the teaching space, where diversified learning such as dual-screen interactive learning, situational animation classroom, and art and body training is carried out in each teaching space, where children learn diversified knowledge and step into a broader future.
The basic classroom unit includes an activity area, nap area and supporting water area, checkroom and bathroom. The furniture in the activity area can be flexibly changed to facilitate the expansion and compatibility of various learning scenarios in the use process while developing children's hands-on and self-care skills. The choice of materials from the building to the interior is almost all A-grade environmental protection materials, which are safe and fireproof, bring good thermal inertia to the classroom, and help create a friendly and warm interior space.