At Home at School.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

As a former student of a progressive elementary school known for its out-of-the-box thinking, I was immediately struck by the idea behind this Japanese nursery, which was designed to remind children of being at home. Meant to resemble "not a small school, but a big house," its designers were told to think of the space simply in relation to the daily activities of its pint-sized pupils — playing, snacking, running free — rather than as a building meant for educational instruction. 

The end result features cozy, muted classrooms (with not a chart or diagram or alphabet poster to be seen), and two smaller playgrounds as opposed to a single large one. Fascinating.


Photos by Yoshikazu Shiraki. Thanks, Dezeen.

8 comments:

Lucy said...

Really amazing. So clean and organized! Remind me of a modern Montessori school.

- Lucy

Anonymous said...

Amazing!

Brianna Soloski said...

I agree with Lacey about the Montessori school resemblance, but Waldorf also comes to mind.

cary said...

This is amazingly wonderful place for children. Thank you for letting us know.

little t said...

This is sooooooo nice - and the opposite of the Nursery school I work in!

burntfeather said...

I love that they wanted it to have a home feel, definitely a nice thinking out of the box approach :)

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Love the simplicity - and lack of clutter!

Mallory said...

Love!

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