Designed by Studio 7 of Urban Architecture China, their proposal for the New XIUYI Kindergarten in Kunshan, China aims to strongly connect to the layout of the traditional village. They do this by spreading 30 classrooms into nine buildings and forming a relatively independent settlement type of a space. The organic arrangement creates both interesting private play areas and diversified public spaces, at a scale appropriate for children. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The living units are connected to the communal space through zigzag elevated walkways shaped like "verandas" clearly inspired from the classical garden of Suzhou, the Master of Nets Garden. The layout should read as a pathway floating in the air spreading out in a forest, providing delicate spatial and visual experience at every corner.
"Xiu" (embroidery) appears in the name of this project due to its importance in the local traditional embroidery process of Suzhou. The building`s skin is decorated according to simple embroidery patterns. Colorful vertical sunshades resemble fine and dense pinpoints which weave a piece of beautiful cloth wrapping the whole building. Simple but colorful appearances form the different character of each unit, are perceived by children as "candy village".
Architects: Studio 7 of Urban Architecture China
Location: Kunshan, China
Design Team: Yang Lifeng – Director, Zhou Jungang – Project Manager, Yin Shun, Li Yaojing, Yin Shanhong, Zhou Bohui
Total Ground Area: 14,535 m²
Built Area: 5108 m²
Floor Area: 15,704 m²
Playground Area: 1861 m² outdoor
Max Height: 24 m
No. of Children: 1200
No. of Classrooms: 30