Yutaka Kindergarten
[ Saitama, Japan ]
ゆたか幼稚園 【幼稚園、埼玉】

Yutaka Kindergarten is built on a steady philosophy of play-based education, encouraging children to develop their thinking actively. Space that offer diversity of experiences by stimulating children to explore and develop their thinking was required to practice such education policy. In order to respond to its needs, we traced the word “kindergarten” to its origin – “children’s garden” – and converted the site into mosaic-like collection of gardens for diverse activities of children. Three approaches were adopted to realize the ‘gardens of learning through play’.

First approach is the design of density. The furniture, walls, and playground equipment are distributed inside and outside, carefully designed to create three different gardens with different densities – ‘Garden of Motion’, ‘Garden of Stillness’, and ‘Garden with a Roof’.The three gardens are developed seamlessly on the site, which allows children of different age and body capabilities to coexist, interact, or be separated.

Secondly are the mountain-like walls. The structural walls with openings on the upper half are placed like layers, creating diverse light, colors, spaciousness and relationships between the loosely separated classrooms. The layers are aimed to induce children’s motion by controlling children’s views, where in some places they are blocked, and in some places they are open. Although children’s views range according to its coordinates, the openings on the walls with a certain scale allow the adults’ views to be open at all times as a matter of management.

The last is the gloss finished ceiling. The exterior environment are planned to become a forest of biodiversity to contribute to the education program, and as they change their expression every season and also during the day,the ceiling reflects and absorbs them to the interior.

It is essential to perceive the transitions of natural environment as infants generate and expand their perception. Moreover, by observing the motion of others that reflect on the ceiling, children are encouraged to understand the sense of distance between people, establishing their behavior in society. Variety of gardens expanded indoors and outdoors, stimulates human instincts to search for adequate environment, developing infant perceptions and experiences. The mixture of play that children are provided passively and play that children discover actively, is the very environment to educate infants through experience and creation.

■Data Sheet

Architect: SUGAWARADAISUKE (Daisuke Sugawara, Masayuki Harada, Noriyuki Ueakasaka, Hiroshi Narahara)
Structure Design: OHNO JAPAN
Facility Design: YMO
Planting Design: GA Yamazaki
Scheme of Sign: Masaki Hanahara
Constructor: Okaken Koji Co., Ltd.
Photo: Jeremie Souteyrat
Location: Tokyo, JAPAN
Design Period: Oct. 2012 – Oct. 2013
Construction Period: Oct. 2013 – Apr. 2015 (Aug.2014-building completed)


■Prize, Publication

2021  KENCHIKUsan(Web magazine) / JAPAN

2020     Selected Architectural Designs of the Architectural Institute of Japan 2020 (AIJ) / JAPAN

2020     Selected Landscapearchitectural Designs of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture 2020 (JILA) / JAPAN

2019     Public Facility Design for Community!(PIE International) / JAPAN

2019     Bamboo(Web Magagine) / JAPAN

2017     Selected / Selected Architectural Designs of the Architectural Institute of Japan 2017 (AIJ) / JAPAN
2016     archiposition (Web Magazine) / CHINA
2016     arcdog (Web Magazine) / Switzerland
2016     Frame #108 (Frame Publish) / NETHERLANDS
2016     ARQA (web magazine)  / ARGENTINA
2015     PREMIUM JAPAN  (web magazine)  / JAPAN
2015     Mydesy  (web magazine)   / TAIWAN
2015     Design for Asia Award 2015 Bronze Prize(Hong Kong Design Centre)/ HONG KONG
2015     gooood(web magazine) / CHINA
2015     Archello(web magazine) / NETHERLANDS
2015     Architizer(web magazine) / USA
2015     BauNetz (web magazine) / GERMANY
2015     三开間.com(web magazine) / CHINA
2015     designboom(web magazine) / UK
2015     archdaily(web magazine) / CHILE
2015     AecCafe(web magazine) / USA
2015     Domus(web magazine) / ITALY
2015     ibanana(web magazine) / CHINA
2015     Archilovers(web magazine) / ITALY
2015     Nikkei Architecture 2015/09/10 (Magazine) / JAPAN
2015     Nikkei MJ 2015/04/29 (Nikkei) / JAPAN
2015     Shinkenchiku 2015/04 (Shinkenchiku) / JAPAN
2015     Japan Architect (web magazine) / JAPAN
2014     Japan Architect (web magazine) / JAPAN
2014     kenplatz / JAPAN

ゆたか幼稚園 【幼稚園、埼玉】
ゆたか幼稚園 【幼稚園、埼玉】
ゆたか幼稚園 【幼稚園、埼玉】
ゆたか幼稚園 【幼稚園、埼玉】
ゆたか幼稚園 【幼稚園、埼玉】
ゆたか幼稚園 【幼稚園、埼玉】
ゆたか幼稚園 【幼稚園、埼玉】
ゆたか幼稚園 【幼稚園、埼玉】
ゆたか幼稚園 【幼稚園、埼玉】