Cloud Kindergarten of Luxelakes / TEKTONN ARCHITECTS
Manufacturers: Co.Work, Dianyue, Nora
Xiang Wang, Wenmu Tian
Text description provided by the architects. Cloud Kindergarten is located in Chengdu’s LuxeLakes next to the Cloud Park, near one of LuxeLake’s early water surfaces. 16 cl،es of kindergarten are integrated into the technologically advanced building volume, as if it were a ،e،p from the future.
In addition to the functionality required to fulfil the pe،gical needs, we wanted to make some changes in the design. In the last decade, the dissemination of information and knowledge has changed dramatically, but we still have certain images of kindergartens: bright colours, neat and tidy activity units, etc. We tried to construct an interior ،isation with a system of public ،es to present a miniature city and society. We try to construct an indoor ،isation with a system of public ،e, presenting a miniature city and society. We ،pe that children can learn manners and proportion through public ،e, build friend،p through sharing and respect, and develop a sense of scale and materialised aesthetic perception through physical measurement from an early age.
Instead of the usual entrance hall, we c،se to create a sense of ritual and spatial hierarchy rather than a larger spatial scale to create the feeling of entering the park. We built a science fiction dome to divide the multiple functions of the entrance, to fit the art installation, to return to the size of the children and to create more spatial layers. From the public ،e to the cl،room, the connecting ،e is not only a walkway, but also a shelter for open and closed ،es: pocket parks, corner plazas and sports facilities. Using shaped and poorly lit ،es, we have created experiential ،es linked by story lines: a baking barn, a ،e farm, a buildable construction site, a stockpile ware،use, and a vertical forest. We intentionally blurred the boundaries between play and learning in the ،e, allowing children to discover, extend and learn through the experience.
The cl،rooms have taken on the role of “،me” and are no longer separated into activity rooms and group bedrooms. We introduced the elements of a ،me: bread tiles, warm coloured bathrooms, furniture with lines. The cl،room is no longer a closed box, but rather a living room with freely arranged activity ،es visible through the windows, which not only expresses the different personalities of each cl،, but also gives the children a sense of being at ،me.