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How to design a kindergarten on a too small plot ? What if the plot is overshadowed by a massive nine-story block on it's south side ? What if the plot is surrounded by the heavy traffic? The kindergarten is initially conceived as a single-story mat building – compact, introverted, autocatalytic, with clearly defined borders. Due to the context, the mat is pushed away from the shadow and folded up towards the sun. Local suburban matrix is echoed in the repetitive small-scale structure of units and patios. This chequered board of solids and voids is bent into vertical plane – gardens become terraces, corridor transforms into staircase. The outline of the building is continuous and closed, except on the west side which is "stripped" and treated like a glazed section to interact socially with a frequent neighbourhood path. An hommage to the american artist Dan Graham ("An Alteration of the Suburban House", 1978). View more View full description
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