The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen - Takaharu Tezuka

Such a light, humorous watch.I really love the idea of utilising architecture to help in creating a unique atmosphere. I mean, the furniture, the decoration, etc. all contribute. But com'mon, there's nothing like a big huge window to let the sun stream in and warm you right up.

I think new ways to approach architecture are especially important for places of learnings as well as places of business. Mostly because people spend so much of their time there. While I was working full time for a period, it sucked so much having to spend the majority of the daylight stuck in an office. I had this constant dream of one day having an office that had an outdoor area you could work in. People say the employees will do less work then. Maybe that's the point. ;)

Excerpts to entice you in and also just because I liked them. :)

[blockquote type="left"]This kindergarten is completely open, most of the year. And there is no boundary between inside and outside. So it means basically this architecture is a roof. And also there is no boundary between classrooms. So there is no acoustic barrier at all. When you put many children in a quiet box, some of them get really nervous. But in this kindergarten, there is no reason they get nervous. Because there is no boundary.[/blockquote]

[blockquote type="right"]And the principal says if the boy in the corner doesn't want to stay in the room, we let him go. He will come back eventually, because it's a circle, it comes back.[/blockquote]

[blockquote type="left"]And secondly, we consider noise very important. You know that children sleep better in noise. They don't sleep in a quiet space. And in this kindergarten, these children show amazing concentration in class. And you know, our kind grew up in the jungle with noise. They need noise. And you know, you can talk to your friends in a noisy bar. You are not supposed to be in silence.[/blockquote]

[blockquote type="right"]My point is don't control them, don't protect them too much, and they need to tumble sometimes. They need to get some injury. And that makes them learn how to live in this world. I think architecture is capable of changing this world, and people's lives. And this is one of the attempts to change the lives of children.[/blockquote]

Preach, brutha!