Project background, base area
In 2017, the Sixu design team was invited to participate in the design of a series of kindergartens in Sanmen, Taizhou, operated by Shanghai Jiaotong University Education Group and invested by Taizhou Shefa Group. Sanmen is a beautiful and quiet seaside town. We extracted design inspiration from marine elements and defined a common theme for this series of kindergartens-“Dafu by the Sea”, creating a series of marine campuses in the same vein. In 2019, the first flagship bilingual kindergarten of the “Dafu by the Sea” series of campuses landed; this year, the story of “Dafu by the Sea” continued again, and the second satellite bilingual kindergarten also welcomed her first batch of children They.
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view of the project ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
Jiantiao Dafu Bilingual Kindergarten is located in Jiantiao Town, Sanmen County, a scenic coastal town. Jiantiao is known as the “land of fish and rice” and “sea country and mountain city”. Its west is surrounded by low mountains and undulating hills, while the east is vast and flat like a mirror. In such a unique seaside town, nature’s unique care for her is evident everywhere. Every morning, the sky gradually shimmers, and the faint morning mist envelopes the mountains and seas, clouds and mists, hazy sea and sky, beautiful as a poetry.
▼远景鸟瞰，项目西侧环山，东侧临海，distanced aerial view of the project with mountains on the west while facing the sea on the east ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
Design concept, architectural form
Upon first seeing the topography of the park, the biggest problem facing designers is how to create the most reasonable spatial layout in a limited space? This roughly rectangular garden requires 15 classes and a wealth of shared activity space on its 9,600 square meters of land area. On the basis of no major adjustments to the original topographic structure, the design strategy designed the garden as a platform that regressed from top to bottom, creating a softly surrounded central courtyard. The continuous green space site is the connection between the whole kindergarten and nature, which not only improves the lighting environment of the whole garden, but also gives children the space to run naturally.
▼形态生成，design generation ©思序建筑规划设计有限公司
On the premise of demanding and satisfying functions, this stepped structure building, which is gradually extended downwards, has a volume of 7,800 square meters. Afterwards, combining themes and introducing local geographical features, the design is based on the marine culture of Jian Jump, taking the structural representative of the marine civilization closest to humans for thousands of years-the deck as the “identity” of this school. In the concept of ship and board to form the building form, the concept of “deck on land” is further used to give this school a brand-new image-“deck overlooking the sea”. On the journey of taking children to sail freely and broaden their horizons, the solid deck under the feet is the most secure and reliable place for children. Therefore, a “city deck to sail” was born.
▼分集团轴测图，exploded axonometric ©思序建筑规划设计有限公司
Architectural style, facade design
▼项目外观，external view of the project ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
Complementing the “urban deck” is the soft wrapping of the kindergarten’s architectural design. The whole garden is half-enclosed by a multi-story building to form an inward space, which allows children to live, play and study in the garden without external noise interference. The white plaster used on the main exterior wall of the building is simple, environmentally friendly and energy-saving, and can bring more brightness to the overall space. The middle is supplemented by dark gray horizontal lines, which are in sharp contrast with the white main tone, and dotted with a little bright color, adding dynamic vitality to the garden.
▼建筑层次丰富，立面设置整齐的窗位，multi-story building with ordered openings on the facade ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
Entrance space, central courtyard
In order to ensure the safety of the children to the greatest extent, the park adopts a traffic flow system that separates people and vehicles, and separates dynamics and statics. The pedestrian entrance is a spacious gathering place, where children bid farewell to their parents and walk into the garden. What they see is an oval circular central green courtyard space. As the most not negligible area in the entire park, it has the effect of strengthening agglomeration and is the inner core of the building.
▼入口与中央庭院分析，analysis of the entrance and central courtyard ©思序建筑规划设计有限公司
▼校园入口，entrance of the campus ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
The flow path of the central courtyard is outlined by grass and wooden platforms. Each floor of the building is set up with interactive travel experience paths, connecting the courtyard and the indoor space. This externally enclosed and internally free space allows children to enhance the spatial logic and sense of orientation, feel the intimacy and connection of the group, and perceive the ground and self in the energy endowed by the building. Relationship, inspire more unconstrained thinking. The circular route through the garden can guide the children into the lobby of the garden.
▼建筑环绕的中央庭院，central courtyard enclosed by the building ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
▼草地和木平台组成的自由的活动空间，activity space composed of grass and wooden platforms ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
Layers of platforms and three-dimensional traffic
The architectural form that wraps the central courtyard on the first floor is stepped back, creating a multi-level activity platform space. Outdoor stairs are arranged in different positions of each platform to integrate the functions of traffic and activities. The permeability of the upper and lower floors is enhanced from the visual and traffic flow lines, and a three-dimensional vertical outdoor playground is constructed for the children. It has both an open space suitable for running and jumping, and an intriguing winding path.
▼退台形成多层活动空间，first floor setting back creating layers of platforms ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
The spacious corridors and platforms enrich the activity attributes, and combine the staggered public functions to create a rich travel path. The building openings on each floor lead the terrain wind from the seaside into the room, and combined with the side skylights, the entire garden forms a comfortable microclimate with good natural ventilation and lighting.
▼宽敞的走廊丰富活动属性，spacious corridors and platforms enrich the activity attributes ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
On the west side of the garden, a large outdoor venue carries the functions of exploration and sports. The design uses a “whale” to define a large outdoor space on the west side of the garden. The natural grass and plastic floor are combined. Children will inadvertently discover carefully prepared marine-themed facilities sketches, sand pits, caves and blue colors while running. The design of the runway restores the life style of the seaside town. Rich and interesting sports facilities, guide children to climb, slide or dance with the wind. When the wind was clear and the sun was warm, the children played on the “deck”. The limitations of the building space seemed to disappear. The children ran on their own land, feeling the breeze blowing and enjoying the breath of the sea.
▼西侧户外场地分析图，analysis of the outdoor venue on the west side ©思序建筑规划设计有限公司
▼开阔的户外场地，spacious outdoor playground ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
The lobby design of the garden is based on the abstract deformation of the cabin image, the space is safe and transparent, and the light is full and soft. This is a place for teachers, students and parents to rest and stay, and it is a stage with a sense of flow. Children can play interactive games around the columns. The curved light strip on the top echoes the arc on the ground, extending the sense of interior space and a sense of peace of mind. The round light on the top and the circular hole on the wall are a metaphor for the bubbles in the sea. The childlike and deep design. It is also a unique tribute to marine culture.
Another indispensable area of the kindergarten-the multi-functional activity reading room, in this space, the design uses the curve of the waves to hide the abruptness of the L-shaped corners in the conventional building, and the warm and moist feeling of the raw wood materials creates a rustic and intimate Atmosphere. The irregular placement of the bookshelves, placed at a height that children can easily reach, and learning and growing in entertaining and fun, is the best interpretation of this space.
▼多功能活动阅读室，multi-functional activity reading room ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
▼孩子们在空间中玩耍，children playing in the space ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
The interior design of the garden also implements the marine theme, the overall space design is extremely simple and focused on details. In terms of color and material considerations, the base tone is to render calm white and ecological and natural wood color, and the original flavor restores the unique natural beauty; the ground, wall and soft decoration adopt the light sea blue that fits the environmental theme, which naturally reveries The interior of the building lingers. When the weather is fine, the sun accompanies the sea breeze to refract mottled light and shadow on the wall, making the space bright, clean, and full of imagination.
▼浅蓝色创造沉静的空间氛围，light sea blue creating a tranquil atmosphere ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
In every classroom and every space, all conditions are used to introduce natural light. A patio is opened in the corridor on the first floor of the garden to welcome the upper natural light, conceal the boundary between indoor and outdoor, and give the corridor space a sense of transparency. In the atriums on the second and third floors, there are large-area side floor-to-ceiling windows. The halo at different times of the day is projected into the space, and the changing light and shadow make the atmosphere full of vitality and futuristic. Some interesting small-scale spaces are embedded in the wall. Children run and play in this bright and pure small world that simulates the abstract form of sea water.
▼二三层通高中庭，double-height atrium on the second and third floor ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
The kindergarten is not only a pure teaching space, but also a transitional place for children from a small home to the big world, and a precious container for carrying the most worry-free memories of their childhood. We use artistic abstraction to extract the child’s first natural memory of life on this land, implement every space and detail in the garden, and use natural association to inspire children to think about space. I look forward to this kindergarten as a “deck” for children’s lifelong voyages, and adhere to the natural imagination and creative talents of caring for children.
▼夜景鸟瞰，aerial view in the night ©吴清山|上海山间文化创意中心
The Sanmen Dafu Jian Jumping Bilingual Kindergarten is the second in the Sixu “Dafu by the Sea” series of gardens, and it is also a practical case on our way to explore the use of theme concepts to create an integrated garden design. We emphasize the integration of local culture and regional characteristics into the interior and exterior of the building, and use professional one-stop design to create an integrated garden. The further vision is to increase the influence of campus buildings through integrated design, realize the form of dots and areas into a network, thereby gradually changing the face of education in the entire city. Use appropriate design and comfortable space to explain the growth of children. We have been working hard to practice.
▼一层平面图，first floor plan ©思序建筑规划设计有限公司
▼二层平面图，second floor plan ©思序建筑规划设计有限公司
▼三层平面图，third floor plan ©思序建筑规划设计有限公司
Project Name: Sanmen Jiantiao Dafu Kindergarten
Design: Shanghai Think Logic Design Group Co., Ltd.
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Design Year: 2017
Completion Year: 2020年
Lead Architects: Wang Tao
Design Team: Dai Qinghui, Huang Cai, Gao Ying, Gao Chang, Lu Qin, Gong Yuhua, Si Di, Chen Jing, Tu Xiaqing, Wang Zhen, Li Jingjie, Zhang Liang, Chen Jie, Wang Liyin, Zhang Zhongying
Project Location: Jiantiao Town, Sanmen, Taizhou, Zhejiang ,China
Gross Built Area: 7800㎡
Photo Credits: Wu Qingshan|wuqingshanstudio
Partners: Shanghai Urban Architecture Design Co., Ltd. (construction drawing), Shanghai Jingdian Planning and Architectural Design Co., Ltd. (landscape, interior construction drawing)
Clients: Taizhou Social Development Education Investment Co., Ltd.