A new kindergartens complex, located on the site of the former Wholesale Market in Tel Aviv, offers the residents of central and south Tel Aviv an extensive educational project with innovative design and planning. Covering 3,000 m², it spans a cluster of six kindergartens for children aged 3-6 years, three daycares for babies and toddlers aged 3 months – 3 years and communal lobby.
▼幼儿园综合体的公共大厅，the communal lobby of the kindergarten and daycare complex
本幼儿园综合体的设计灵感来自于项目基地和特拉维夫市的历史。建筑师将幼儿园的功能分区与场地上原有的农贸市场相类比。具体来讲，原农贸市场以蔬菜水果、零售货摊、板条箱储存、送货卡车和市场生活等主题为依据来进行功能空间的划分，那么幼儿园综合体也可以通过某些主题来进行空间的布局。此外，建筑师还参考了特拉维夫的城市早期图像，比如著名童书作家兼插画家Nahum Gutman的橙皮之路（Orange Peels）。
公共大厅占地130平方米，作为主轴线连接着幼儿园和游乐区。建筑师以橙子和Nahum Gutman的Orange Peels为灵感，以橙子的形状、颜色和纹理为基础，设计了一系列雕塑般的空间元素，比如大厅中心位置上的橙子造型的空间。该空间由软垫构成，为孩子们提供了一个互动性的游戏场所。大厅的墙体上开有数个不同造型的洞口。建筑师在这些洞口中铺上软垫，创造出一系列阅读和休息的空间。
The design concept was inspired by the history of the site and the city of Tel Aviv. The site’s long run history as a produce market and storage was a recurring theme for the development of the design strategy. The kindergartens were designed by themes of vegetables and fruits, market stalls, crates, delivery trucks, and market life. Images from the early days of Tel Aviv have also inspired the various narratives interwoven into the compound, like Nahum Gutman’s Path of the Orange Peels (a well-known writer and illustrator of children’s books).
The lobby covers 130 m² and functions as a major axis between the kindergartens and the play area. The Path of the Orange Peels lobby design follows the sculptural graphic language based on the shape, color and texture of an orange and inspired by Gutman’s book. A huge padded orange is located at the center of the lobby allows interactive play. The main wall comprised padded alcoves designed in different geometrical shapes allowing seating, reading and resting.
▼幼儿园综合体的公共大厅，在墙上设置一系列不同造型的阅读和休息的空间，the communal lobby, the main wall comprises padded alcoves designed in different geometrical shapes allowing seating, reading and resting
▼幼儿园综合体的公共大厅，中心位置上橙子造型的互动式空间由软垫构成，the communal lobby with a huge padded orange located at the center
▼幼儿园室内，以玩耍和座椅空间为中心，四周环绕着家具，interior view of the kindergarten with the design principles of peripheral furniture surrounding portable playing and sitting areas at its center
▼开放式的幼儿园，空间布局灵活，the open kindergarten with portable playing and sitting areas
The distinctive character of each kindergarten was dictated by the fruits or vegetables identified with it, which served as a design code and gave rise to its color scheme and components, as well as its overall design. Graphic and symbolic motifs were intertwined to meet functional needs.
The kindergarten’s design language draws on the active design principles: an open, modular space, which follows the principle of peripheral furniture surrounding portable playing and sitting areas at its center. The custom-made furniture contains personal drawers for each kid as well as lounging and reclining padded areas for toddlers. Each kindergarten contains a library, a reading area with a display of new books and a nature area. Each kindergarten contains a magnetic board serves for the display of children’s paintings, different stations of play such as a doctor-patient area, a kitchen and building blocks.
▼以柠檬为主题的幼儿园，设有角色扮演区和用于展示画作的磁性板，the kindergarten with the lemon motif, arranging different stations of play and magnetic board serving for the display of children’s paintings
▼以柠檬为主题的幼儿园，设有阅读区，the the kindergarten with the lemon motif, the kindergarten contains a reading area
▼以梨为主题的幼儿园，每个孩子都有定制的私人抽屉，the kindergarten with the pear motif, each kid has their own custom-made personal drawer
▼以西瓜为主题的幼儿园，the kindergarten with the watermelon motif
▼幼儿园室内空间局部，partial interior view of the kindergarten
Colorful wooden playhouses are located through the daycares corridor inviting the kids to play and explore.
▼沿着走廊布置的彩色木制儿童游戏室，the colorful wooden playhouses located along the corridor
The integration of a bright universal language with local motives that emerge organically from the place and its recent history is characteristic of Shani Hay’s design language, which is not only formalist but also narrative, promoting playful activities. The space design took into account both the pedagogical needs and the desire to promote a friendly playful setting, which offers hands-on activity and a lasting experience.
Interior and furniture design: Sarit Shani Hay
Architecture: Yashar Architects
Area: 3,000 m²
The project was made in collaboration with Tel Aviv municipality and Gindi Tel Aviv
Photography: Dudi Moskovitz