A fairy-tale kindergarten.
Area: 8884 m²
Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
ArkAtects: Michele Lanari · Julian Amaya Bolivar · 王天岳 Tony
There were two identical old apartment towers with 4 floors, and each tower was immersed in Shenzhen’s tropical nature with ample space for a playground between the two buildings.
ArkA designers restructured the interior space, transforming each of the old apartments into a classroom and adapting the functions of a house to a single space.
The new design took into full consideration the teachers' needs to guide the children easily and practically. New windows were built inside classrooms, allowing the teachers to observe children's activities.
The apartments had many rooms. The new design kept part of those layouts, using them as an advantage to optimize the space. It aimed to create a cozy home environment where children feel at ease and comfortable to avoid feeling the shocking jump from home to classroom.
New windows were built inside classrooms, allowing the teachers to observe children's activities. Internally, aligned arches were installed to reduce obstacles and ensure freedom of children’s movement, meanwhile solving the problem of lack of lighting and creating a clear bright space.