At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet: the world’s cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming talk, he walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids.
Some things that appeal to me about this kindergarten include:
- the lack of boundaries between inside and outside, and between classrooms
- the freedom of a child to choose to be in, or to leave, a space
- the space and freedom for children to run
- the sounds of happy children
- the opportunity for children to help each other
- and the attempt to use architecture to change the lives of children without controlling every waking moment
There are a few things that concern me, that make me feel uncomfortable, but maybe that’s just my urge to control being challenged.
What do you think?
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