Hakusui Nursery School

PrizeBronze in Architectural Design / Educational Buildings
Firm LocationTokyo, Japan
Lead ArchitectKentaro Yamazaki
Design Team Structural Design: ASD / Ryuji Tabata, Takayuki Tabata Facility Design:yamada machinery office / Hiroyuki Yamada Graphic Design:SHUNPEI YOKOYAMA DESIGN OFFICE / Shunpei Yokoyama
ClientSocial welfare corporation Seiyukai / Takeuchi Jun
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This nursery school in Sakura, Chiba was planned to accommodate 60 pupils. Seiyu-Kai, a local social welfare firm specializing in elderly care facilities approached us for this project. The overarching concept for this plan started with an idea: “a nursery school is a large house.” Surrounded by mountains and forest, the southern area of the site rests on a gentle slope. Putting this topography to use, we designed the school room to resemble a large set of stairs.