Kindergarten of Jiading New Town / Atelier Deshaus

© Shu He

Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun / Chen Yifeng)
Location: Hongde Rd, Jiading, Shanghai,
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Wang Shuyi, Liu Qian, Gao Lin
Building Area: 660 sqm
Site Area: 12100 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Shu He

© Shu He

The kindergarten is located in the Jiading new town of the northern suburb in Shanghai, it is neither countryside nor urban in the traditional sense. Face to the ambiguous and uncertain surrounding, the architecture emphasizes the self-improvement, directly intervening into the site, and making a very clear juxtaposition of the architecture and the site. Compare with the open environment, the kindergarten acts as an introversive area. The architecture is divided into two general parts: one is the rational and efficient area, which is composed of 15 classrooms and a number of playrooms; the other is the intentionally enlarged transportation space, which is an atrium with ramp ways connecting with different storey.

© Shu He

This atrium contributes to an emotional and entertaining spatial experience that is beyond the common daily experiencing. Beside the transportation function, it is the vagueness and uncertainty that also provide a number of possibilities in spatial utilization. The external form and the façade represent the inevitability to the internal relation as well. Apart from the two separated shapes of this architecture, the constantly transformed height among different floors is been represented onto the façade as well.

© Shu He

The open activity space are being put into these changed elevation places, and the courtyards has been extended along the vertical direction instead of the horizontal direction in the traditional method. Thus, the courtyards and activities of the children act as an important part of the façades. Everyday, kids and teachers are shuttling between the architecture and the site, between the two-separated parts of the architecture. They are shielded by the architecture and experiencing the inside and outside, the balance of passion and reason.

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Cite: "Kindergarten of Jiading New Town / Atelier Deshaus" 31 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • sz

    That is a nightmare. Those designers are childless. Will never let my kids stay there a minute.

  • Karo

    It looks so sad! I know they are asians, but it looks so cheap.

    • H.A.

      some of the most subtle architects in the world are asians. In fact it does look like built by english or american (US) builders

  • Karo


    you are my men!

  • godryk

    I love it when kindergarten projects show up in ArchDaily, because you really can see how users from different parts of the world react very differently. For example I think that a white box with a patio and the right light can make a wonderful space for children. I’d rather have them drawing and modelling their own creation and pinning them all over the place than imposing on them some colorful random design that some intern came up with.

    For example, what struck me the most was the scale of the place, it looks huge to me, but, this is China I guess…

  • name

    ehmm… i wish this is original design.
    but, itz remind me tatz a combined architecture design from famous swiss and japan designer…

  • cony

    More like art galleries or museums

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  • evans ho

    It take me some time to make it clear that what the kindergarten organize,but it’s cool,isn’t it especial in CHINA