Architects who design kindergartens are powerful people — it’s up to them to decide what kind of first impression a child has about school.
The best designs use wide-open spaces and bright colours that naturally compel kids to explore.
From Thailand’s elegant Kensington International School to Germany’s cat-shaped Kindergarten Wolfartsweier, here are some of the best places for kids to start school on the right foot.
The École Maternelle Pajol, in Paris, is about as colourful an education experience as you can get. The four-classroom building was built in the 1940s. Its recent facelift also includes a rainbow interior.
Vietnam's Farming Kindergarten, recently named one of the best new buildings in the world by ArchDaily, features a grass-covered roof with gardens that let students connect with the country's agricultural roots.
Shining Stars Kindergarten, located in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, contains small courtyards to promote the flow of natural light and natural-wood play spaces to make kids feel like they're outside.
Architects: Djuhara + Djuhara
OA Kindergarten, in the Japanese city of Saitama, is made entirely of earthquake-resistant shipping containers. The result is an industrial-feeling structure that is structurally sound but still gives kids plenty of room to roam outdoors.
In Miyakojima, Japan, the equally spacious Hanazono Kindergarten transitions seamlessly from finished wood to well-manicured lawns through sliding doors. The school was built to resist typhoons and allow for easy ventilation.
Loop Kindergarten, located in Tianjin, China, evokes images of bubbles with its many-windowed exterior. Inside is a large wooden platform for playing as well as a multi-coloured atrium.
Sarreguemines Nursery, located in Sarreguemines, France, was designed like a human cell with the nursery in the center as the nucleus. Gardens surround the structure like cytoplasm, and an all-pink interior offers a calming place to play.
Australia's John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, in Beechboro, took cues from Nordic design with skylights, birch plywood construction, and pops of colour. It's inviting to even the most timid toddler.
Thailand's Kensington International Kindergarten, in Bangkok, was built to rouse kids' imaginations. Curved walls swoop around the building so that kids don't feel boxed in by hard lines.
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