machida kobato kindergarten @ Tokyo, Japan

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etre design: playground for machida kobato kindergarten
all images courtesy of etre design

 

conceptualized as a light-filled garden in which children can freely play, the playground for machida kobato kindergarten in tokyo by local firm

etre design is a concrete undulation punctured with colorful round windows. yellow, blues, reds and greens that create shafts of light among the

curved white planes and enliven the forms that children can slide down, climb or run along. the shape is also fitted with a movable sunshade

tent  that can response to changes in weather, temperature and light conditions. the tectonic and chromatic garden draws its energy

from the children drawn to play there, and is a wondrous facilitator of the imaginative games and exuberant movements within its

sumptuously warped walls.

the project abstracts the idea of a colorful magical carpet into a playground

 

 

views of the pastel windows and round apertures

 

 

children and climb, run and jump under that protection of a movable shading device

 

colorful light is reflected onto the groundplane, creating an immersive, polychrome world

 

 

view into the playspace

 

etre design: playground for machida kobato kindergarden
view into the light-speckled world
etre design: playground for machida kobato kindergarden
detail views of the rounded pastel windows
etre design: playground for machida kobato kindergarden
the playground also acts as a sunshade
etre design: playground for machida kobato kindergarden
the main gesture of the structure is a rounded climbing wall
etre design: playground for machida kobato kindergarden
night views emphasize the curved white planes
etre design: playground for machida kobato kindergarden
the concrete form sports a dramatic undulation
etre design: playground for machida kobato kindergarden
in progress view shows the rebar net upon which concrete was poured
etre design: playground for machida kobato kindergarden
concrete mold left negatives for the punctured windows
etre design: playground for machida kobato kindergarden
rebar reinforcement was held in place with a supportive scaffolding system
etre design: playground for machida kobato kindergarden
sketch of the playground levels and geometry
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