Karv One Design builds school around giant slide and ball pit

Pastel colours and decorative white partition screens feature in this school in Chengdu, China, designed by Hong Kong studio Karv One Design. Karv One Design created the school as an experimental learning and play space for families at a sales office belonging to property developer Fantasia Holdings. The 3520-square-metre space is based upon the idea of […]

Supernormal reimagines the classroom for children’s educational centre in Massachusetts

American firm Supernormal has created a nursery and preschool in the Boston area that features sculptural volumes wrapped in vibrant wallpaper and open play areas illuminated by speckled daylight. Opened in 2019, the SolBe Learning Center is a nursery and preschool for children aged six months to five years. The 550-square-metre facility is located in […]

Prefabricated pine panels clad kindergarten near Barcelona

Architects Eduard Balcells, Ignasi Rius and Daniel Tigges have designed a wood-clad concrete kindergarten for the El Tiller Waldorf-Steiner School in Bellaterra, Spain. The concrete and pine kindergarten is one of six structures arranged like a small village around a central “rambla” – a Hispanic term for a promenade or high street. Alongside the kindergarten, […]

Crossboundaries designs “mini village” for kindergarten in rural China

The Jiangsu Beisha Kindergarten in China has been conceived as a miniature village, with a cluster of house-like structures clustered around a square and connected via winding paths and raised walkways. Beijing and Frankfurt-based practice Crossboundaries has designed the kindergarten, in the village of Beisha in China’s Funing County, as part of a local government initiative to alleviate […]

Challenge Design’s metal-clad kindergarten folds around a courtyard

Metal shingles cover the folding forms of the Park Legend Kindergarten in Chengdu, China, built by Challenge Design to mimic the peaks of nearby mountains. The kindergarten is surrounded by a small green area in the busy urban landscape of Chengdu’s Tianfu New Area. Challenge Design wanted to avoid creating too much enclosure, so designed […]

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