4 Imaginative Environments for Children to Play and Learn
Four spaces that aim to create stimulating and engaging environments for children:
1. Firm: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
Project: Toho World Preschool
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Standout: Spray-painted murals of abstracted sunsets and waterfalls and the ceiling’s mirror “lakes” bring a fantasy version of nature indoors.
2. Firm: Von M
Project: Kinder und Familienzentrum
Location: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Standout: An addition clad in strips of varnished spruce has the look of a barn, in keeping with the converted farmhouse where this facility got its start.
3. Firm: Junya.Ishigami + Associates
Project: Amyu Atsugi
Location: Atsugi, Japan
Standout: Responding to a day-care center’s location in a high-rise, partitions surfaced in lime mortar float through the space like cartoon clouds.
4. Firm: Platane & Ilic Associés
Project: Collège Dora Maar
Location: Saint-Denis, France
Standout: Bright colors, from window frames to furniture, might have come straight from the brush of Pablo Picasso, whose mistress is the high school’s namesake.