this design for a kindergarten in vietnam is enough to make any kid excited for class — who wouldn’t want to learn in school like this? it’s an open, beautifully assembled space with a sense of whimsy that can truly make anyone feel like a child again.
the ‘chuon chuon kim 2 kindergarten’ school designed by kientruc o is built almost entirely of exposed brick. the architects note the project’s similarity to a LEGO building, perhaps added to by the jubilant colors. the brick walls vary, with each section bearing a unique assembly that catches the eye and excites the imagination. the color of the brick is brought out by the use of orange and yellow.
all images by hiroyuki oki
out of theses great towers of brick emerges an exterior stairwell that weaves in a new narrative, creating moments of escape on sunny days. the spaces between the stairwells are dissected as if by the outline of a house, creating interesting voids that are filled with light and shadow. internally, navigating the space is just as pleasant — an open spiral staircase is bookended by the expert masonry that leads downward. according to kientruc o ‘each floor is arranged in an alternating pattern to enhance vertical interaction, encourage children to be more receptive of their surroundings, and stimulate their inner creativity.‘
light is an important asset in a learning environment — it has the ability to energize a class of little kindergarteners and facilitate learning. the architects take a thoughtful approach toward negotiating light and dark. the spaces they create have tremendous contrasts, that accentuate the wonderful journey through the school.
architects: kientruc o
principal architect: đàm vũ
project team: anni lê, tài nguyễn, dân hồ, phương đoàn, duy tăng, giang lê, đức lê, tân phạm
constructor: đinh đức anh vũ
client: chuon chuon kim edu
project year: 2017
location: district 2, ho chi minh city, vietnam
plot area: 409m2
photograph : hiroyuki oki