Located in the heart of Xuanwu District, the project is close to Xuanwu Lake and two major roads of Nanjing. Initially, we consider how to make 5400-m2 urban space a children’s tribe where they can feel natural and free to explore urban space.
▼幼儿园鸟瞰图夜景，bird-eye’s view of the kindergarten at night © 张虔希
The two urban interfaces are three boxes, and the skyline and wall line are presented in the form of folded plate, which adds a playful look into changes. Besides, not much emphasis is put on architectural feature of a kindergarten, but many white elements and some wood-colored ones are used to deliver a natural, modern and simple atmosphere. Light grey rock panel is chosen, as lightweight and eco-friendly panel can achieve consistent modulus for doors and windows. A balcony is added to the southern part and inner courtyard; ground glass looks hazy as the sunshine varies from time to time.
▼幼儿园的沿街立面，城市界面是三个盒子，天际线与围墙线统一为折板的形式，the street view, the urban interfaces are three boxes, and the skyline and wall line are presented in the form of folded plate © 张虔希
▼幼儿园的沿街立面局部，色彩上采用大面的白色和少量的木色，设置由磨砂玻璃打造而成的阳台，partial street view of the kindergarten with many white elements and some wood-colored ones, as well as the balcony that is made of ground glass © 张虔希
▼幼儿园生成过程，采用U型平面布局，由7个的错落有致“容器”组合而成，the generation process, the kindergarten is designed with a U-shaped layout, consisting of 7 well-arranged “containers”
Designed with a U-shaped layout, the kindergarten consists of 7 well-arranged “containers”, and each container is a living space of children’s tribe. These “containers” combining different theme spaces and public space for activities separate inner courtyard from outer one. Twelve classrooms make up a miniature tribe of a city. We hope children can feel closer to nature, explore boldly, have fun and grow up healthy and free in this tribe. From the perspective of an innocent child who loves playing, architects design this special tribe to be a gift for this city.
The entrance of the kindergarten faces the west, and a square ground is designed as the waiting area for drop-off and pick-up. The “retreating” ground is shared with the city, which not only reduces the pressure of dense streams of people on urban street and provides a buffer for the building and street, but also makes the whole building a unique urban interface. Water and plants are used as the partition of the kindergarten and the building as the background to create a space connecting the city, where parents can wait, talk and partially see their children in the school through the gallery frame.
▼幼儿园内院一览，overview of the kindergarten from the inner courtyard © 张虔希
▼幼儿园爆炸轴测图，the exploded axon of the kindergarten
The inner courtyard is surrounded by indoor winding corridor. Plenty of glass is used to accommodate the landscape of inner courtyard. Meanwhile, an unobstructed space is created in the center of the structure to blur the boundary between inner and outer space and inspire children’s curiosity. In the near future, there will be laughter everywhere. Just like flowing blood, this is a beginning and a memory. The adult world is rife with tall buildings and hustle and bustle. But for children, a tree, a white tree house and shallow water are their small world. A building is designed with functions while a tree house nurtures a dream, because its mini shape is filled with imagination. Maybe a rabbit will jump out when it is opened. In the back yard, the building turns into the background to highlight real-virtual contrast. The tree house in the inner courtyard and gallery frame and square in the front yard can be seen through the glass, which achieves hierarchical diversification and spatial variation.
▼从内院看幼儿园，内院中心设置白色的树屋，viewing the kindergarten from the inner courtyard, arranging a white tree house in the central inner courtyard © 张虔希
▼内院中心的白色树屋，模糊了内外的界限，the white tree house in the central inner courtyard, the tree house blurs the boundary between inner and outer space © 张虔希
▼内院中心的白色树屋，内部采用木饰面，the the white tree house with the wooden veneer inside in the central inner courtyard © 张虔希
After passing the structure in the center, there stands the children’s paradise. Due to an elevation difference between the place and road, folded rooftop form is used in municipal green space along the street, which becomes an unconventional wall. The children’s paradise is not designed to confine them, but allow them to run, climb, hide or do anything they like. The outdoor playground on the rooftop is the spatial extension of the paradise. In addition to abundant sunlight, the small “City of Sky” skylight encourages children’s curiosity and imagination.
▼后方的室外儿童活动空间，the outdoor activity site at the back © 张虔希
▼室外儿童活动空间，利用场地与道路的高差，将折板的建筑屋顶形式运用到沿街市政绿化空间中，形成非传统形式的围墙，the outdoor activity site, due to an elevation difference between the place and road, folded rooftop form is used in municipal green space along the street, which becomes an unconventional wall © 张虔希
▼室外儿童活动空间，设置架空的走廊，the outdoor activity site with an aerial corridor © 张虔希
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
▼墙身大样图，details of the wall section
项目名称：南京星河WORLD • 南京星河幼儿园
景观团队：章翼 王静 侯建邦 黄雪龙 王东皓 李朋城 郑碧峰 袁佳宾 吴蓓莉
软装团队：倪震宇 胡思琪 李铭洋 杨靖斌
Name: Nanjing Galaxy WORLD • Nanjing Galaxy Kindergarten
Location: North Hongshan Rd, Xuanwu District, Nanjing
Owner: Galaxy Real Estate (East China)
Owner team: Ding Yunlin, Zhou Chen, Bai Xiangfei, Liu Jiaqi, Wang Wenfeng, Gao Jun, Tang Yongqqiang, Guo Yi
Architectural design: Shanghai LACIME Architectral Design Co., Ltd.
Architectural team: Xiong Xing, Lin Qionghua, Zhu Jianlin
Landscape design: Shanghai LACIME Architectral Design Co., Ltd.
Landscape team: Zhang Yi, Wang Jing, Hou Jianbang, Huang Xuelong, Wang Donghao, Li Pengcheng, Zheng Bifeng, Yuan Jiabin, Wu Beili
Construction drawing design: Nanjing Yangtze River Urban Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
Curtain wall design: Zhejiang Yasha Curtain Wall Co., Ltd.
Interior design: G&A Interior Design (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Landscape decoration design: Shanghai Wuchen Art Design Co., Ltd.
Landscape decoration design team : Ni zhenyu Hu siqi Li mingyang Yang jingbin
Area: 4326.37M ²
Time of completion: June 2019
Photograph: Zhang Qianxi