Misora Kindergarten Renovation
The client’s demand is the regeneration and seismic strengthened of the kindergarten.In short periods of design and construction, YDS Architects intends to re-incarnate the spaces by partial renovations. Under restricted time and costs, their solutions are mainly on two nursery rooms, gyms, lavatories and corridors. By putting the small extension volume with one tiny wall to the existing buildings, the Is structure score rose to 0.95 from 0.78(safe scores are over 0.6). It contributes to the right balance as well as the improvement of the lavatory.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This is a renovation for kindergarten. The design theme was not only to make this kindergarten seismic strengthened but also to reproduce it as a New Misora kindergarten. After the renovation children said ‘Our kindergarten became castle!’ or ‘In which color the spaces become next time?’ , because the colors and materials are renewed during the summer vacation. This is an attempt to make new values and spaces for kindergarten by partial renovations under the strict restriction.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Lavatories in kindergartens are very important spaces for kids, especially for infants of three to four years old.The lavatories of this kindergarten are small,so teachers want to have more spaces for toilets and showers. Considering the schedule of subsidy and the cost,our scheme was extending the building.By this small extension, the kindergarten has been tremendously reinforced and the lavatory for infants is bigger by 1/3, more toilets and a shower has been installed.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Design started in September 2014 and finished in June 2015 in Tokyo. Construction started in July 2015 and finished in August 2015 in Chiba,Japan.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The corridors of the kindergarten are like Engawa spaces which are semi-outdoor spaces typical to Japanese architecture. The intention is to make these spaces enlivened . Previously the surfaces of the corridors are exposed concretes. YDS Architects put the soft cushion to the surface and painted with green which remind us of grasslands. The ceilings of them are painted with blue like the sky. The practice aim to make them vigorous and comfortable spaces for kids.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Site area : 1632sqm
1st Floor : 436sqm
2nd Floor : 507sqm
Extention Area : 8.9sqm
Built Area : 499sqm
Total floor area : 943sqm
Renovation, Sky, Grassland, Seismic strength
The design started off by closely examining the existing structure and researching several projects of seismic strengthen of schools. Teachers want to add as little walls as possible in order to keep the environment for kids, so we designed narrow walls to add them. After comparing different materials to stick on the outdoor corridors, vinyl cushions of colors which reminds the kids of nature became the key considering cuteness and safety.
After The Great East Japan Earthquake, schools and kindergartens are especially expected of high earthquake resisting. This project is under strict restriction of cost and time.The period of design and construction are both short. We intended to small extension to make it better functional as well as strong. Extensions of less than 10sqm in specific district,no application is needed in Japan. Adding 8.9sqm to the volume and making a small wall resulted in making it specially strengthened.
TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Lead Architect : Yoshitaka Uchino, Architect : Mana Muraki / YDS Architects, Engineer :Yukitoshi Ishikawa/Toshi Kozo Engineering, Contractor : Kuniaki Miura,Shinichiro Takahashi/Miura Komuten Co.,Ltd. and Client : Sadaichiro Iwamoto/Principal of Misora Kindergarten,Nami Iwamoto/Vice Chief Director of Incorporated School of Tohsen Gakuen
Yoshitaka Uchino & YDS Architects
Yoshitaka Uchino & YDS Architects