Designing For Human Behaviour : The Elementary Kindergarten

1752 Words Oct 28th, 2014 8 Pages
Fuji Kindergarten, located 40 km west of Tokyo, is a unique learning space provided for five hundred Japanese children. Having visited the Roof House (domestic open plan house with a large usable roof), the client was interested in something similar that could stimulate a magical learning environment for his kindergarten students. Developing from this concept, the kindergarten provides a roof which is transformed in to programmatic areas that allow more space for learning and entertainment. Being the largest kindergarten in Japan, it is truly a place of significance. The kindergarten is not only unique in its shape, but the design is well thought out to enhance a different level of social experience. With priorities of the Montessori education method, the building encourages freedom and flexibility in learning while allow students to discover through their own experience at the same time.

Designing for Human Behaviour
One of the most iconic features of the kindergarten is its shape as a continuous loop. The result emerged from a series of practical ideas rather than being designed to appeal aesthetically. An interesting situation which caught the architects’ noticed was to find a situation where their children instinctively run in anti close wise circles to mark out territory while they burn off their extra energy. In responding intuitively to the solution, an idea of designing a space with an oval track came through. The spherical structure forms a…
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