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Shichigahama Toyama nursery school by Takahasi Ippei ©Takahasi Ippei The school in the Miyagi coastal area was destroyed in a 2011 earthquake ©Takahasi Ippei The highly reflective cladding subverts traditional concepts of schools ©Takahasi Ippei The interiors look onto the courtyard through walls of glass doors to maximise the flow of natural light ©Takahasi Ippei One side of the building slides back to reveal a lounge at the front of the nursery in order to encourage the local community to congregate ©Takahasi Ippei Hibinosekkei + Youji No Shiro's DS Nursery ©Studio Bauhaus & Ryuji Inoue Chalkboards walls allow the children to do what they've always wanted to do – scribble on the walls! ©Studio Bauhaus & Ryuji Inoue The roof canopy provides a shaded area over the decking so the children can eat outside ©Studio Bauhaus & Ryuji Inoue The central garden can be easily accessed from around the building to encourage children to play among the trees and shrubs ©Studio Bauhaus & Ryuji Inoue The structure is surrounded by rice fields and the concept of wind was central to the design ©Studio Bauhaus & Ryuji Inoue The Aikominori Nursery School by Fukae Yasuyuki Architects ©Tomoki Hahakura The interiors are defined by a white walls and timber ©Tomoki Hahakura The facade features horizontal slit windows, while the interior walls opens straight onto the courtyard ©Tomoki Hahakura The open-structure of the corridor-style building provides strong visual connectivity ©Tomoki Hahakura The Aikominori Nursery School sits near the mountains in the south of Kyoto ©Tomoki Hahakura The building is subdivided by bars of storage closets and restrooms ©Tomoki Hahakura Rhythmdesign and Case Real's Hakemiya Nursery School ©Yoshikazu Shiraki The outdoor space is divided into a series of small-scale courtyards ©Yoshikazu Shiraki The building has been designed to suit the children's activities of eating, sleeping and playing ©Yoshikazu Shiraki The palette of soft colours and light woods creates a warm, homely environment for the children ©Yoshikazu Shiraki Small-scale rooms help to make the interiors feel more homely ©Yoshikazu Shiraki ©Yoshikazu Shiraki
29 Jan 2015

Japanese nurseries: too cool for school

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From the country that brought us the iconic Hello Kitty stationary comes a hoard of nurseries that forgo garish colours and bean bags in favour of sleek finishes and playful designs. 

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