In Tianshui, a city of 3.5 million in north-central China, there is a new kaleidoscopic playground that is a child’s dream school come alive. Atop this extraordinary building is a transparent dome that lets in the sun through the 483 multi-colored glass panels all throughout the kindergarten.
These glass panels act as windows and are also embedded into railings and doorways. Children can run around and roam in the spacious kaleidoscopic kindergarten as if on a psychedelic safari.
What’s more, the colors in the glass refract onto the pure white walls and minimalist wooden furnishings. Depending on where the sun is, different colors will expand and contract on the walls. They will even overlap and turn into different colors.
SAKO architects have designed this kindergarten to foster the imagination of the children within it. While during the day the sun shines into the classrooms through the colorful panels, at night light emanates outward, making for a beautiful night display.
The architect of this architectural marvel, Keiichiro Sako, said they hope that children in an environment like this will become more creative and inspired.
Within the kindergarten, there is an open atrium, where the beautiful glass panels, along with the doors, are rounded. which gives a nod to where the school is located, the Loess Plateau. In fact, the school itself borders it, allowing for the children to marvel at the natural wonders of the region.
While this is a far cry from the design of most kindergartens and schools, it is a more aligned and natural way to design schools. This kindergarten was designed to match the surrounding natural terrain. Children respond well to having a vibrant and colorful learning environment, so other school architects should take note! Hopefully, we will be seeing more kindergartens and other centers for learning moving away from the traditional squares and rectangles that schools are designed to be like today.
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