Colorful Grove – Creche Ropponmatsu by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Bring up personalities of children by the use of rich colors.

Project Specs


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Creche Ropponmatsu is a kindergarten located in a residential area in Fukuoka city, accepting capacity of 90 children, age between 0 to 5 years old. Emmanuelle designed the architecture, interior space, logos and graphical signage, with a vision to open a new kindergarten where children can grow up freely in mind and body. Running behind the colorful grove, this kindergarten gives opportunity for children to raise rich sensibility by feeling many colors wherever they are.

▼建筑外观,external view of the building


Collections of colors jump into the eyes in one glace, as many colors are used in the facade and in the interior space. On the facade, there are 22 colors used in 63 multi-colored trees of 4 m in height extend the branches rhythmically and wrap the building. While giving full-sized glass with a feeling of openness, by wrapping it with colorful trees, gives a sense of distance to the outside, and visually protects the children in gentle gesture. In the nursery room, 200 colorful boxes in 25 colors are lined up on the wall, where each one of them belongs to every child to stock their personal goods. Every time children use their own tools or get changed, they find and pick up the box of their color.

▼建筑多彩的立面使其在环境中脱颖而出,colorful facade stands out from the city environment

▼彩色“树木”包裹的建筑,building wrapped by colorful trees

▼立面细部,色彩丰富,detail of the facade with rich colors

▼整面玻璃带来开放通透的感觉,full-size glass brings a sense of openness

▼保育室墙上设有不同颜色的收纳箱,colorful boxes on the wall of the nursery room

▼儿童可以根据颜色找到自己的箱子,children could pick up boxes in their color


The stairs that connect the 4 floors uses 18 colors, where children are surrounded by many colors as the colors of wall changes as they travel up and down the stairs.

▼色彩丰富的楼梯间,stair room with different colors


The colorful trees are also incorporated in the logo of the kindergarten. The logo is also used on other areas such as Children’s uniforms and bus, to give a sense of unity. Spending time in colorful environment helps to maximize the sensitivity of children and bring out the personality of each child. Surrounded by many colors, touching many colors, living with many colors – the kindergarten wishes to develop rich sensibilities and individuality of children. With this hope in mind, the colorful grove watches the growth of children every day.

▼与“彩色树木”相结合的logo,logo incorporate with colorful trees

Architect /designer : emmanuelle moureaux (emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design)
Space design / Sign design : emmanuelle moureaux (emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design)
Photograph : Daisuke Shima

Designer information
emmanuelle moureaux (emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design)
Address : Tounkyo Bldg 3F, 1-14-14 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047 JAPAN
Tel : (81) 3-3293-0323  Fax : (81) 3-3293-0322
Email :

Project Outline
< Creche Ropponmatsu Kindergarten>
Client : Kusagae-en Social Welfare Corporation
Location : 2-15-5 Kusagae, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka, 810-0045 JAPAN
Tel : +81 92 716 7080
Use : Kindergarten (Capacity 90 children)

Structure : Steel Structure
Site Area : 417.48 m2
Floor Area : 697.40 m2 (1F / 216.92 m2, w2F / 222.03 m2, 3F / 222.03 m2 , 4F / 36.42 m2)

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