Wujun District, Taihu New Town, Suzhou, is a newly developed residential area. It is adjacent to the water surface of East Taihu Lake in the Southeast direction, with comfortable environment and beautiful scenery. Wujun kindergarten is the first kindergarten in this area, covering 12,527 ㎡, 27 classes.
▼吴郡幼儿园鸟瞰，aerial view of the Wujun Kindergarten 摄影：张超
All residential buildings in the area mainly reflect two tones: grey and loess. The architect thought that this should not be a beautiful lakeside color, so we hoped to bring a bright color to the lakeside environment, add more vitality to the community, let the residents see from the surrounding high-rise buildings, can immediately find this lakeside space with kindergarten as the ” note point ” without losing in the “forest” of grey and yellowish steel and cement.
▼幼儿园为灰白和土黄的居住建筑注入色彩，the kindergarten brings colour into the grey and loess residential buildings 摄影：张超
▼居民从周边高楼上看下来，可以立刻找到这个以幼儿园为“注点”的滨湖空间，the residents from the surrounding high-rise buildings, can immediately find this lakeside space with kindergarten as the ” note point ” 摄影：张超
▼设计灵感来自于英国著名当代艺术家霍华德·霍奇金的一组作品，the design was inspired by a group of works by the famous British contemporary artist Howard Hodgkin
The design was inspired by a group of works by the famous British contemporary artist Howard Hodgkin. The unparalleled expressiveness of the color blocks makes the architect seem to see the bright sunshine and gorgeous scenery of the lake. As a result, the color block became a gift for the city space and kindergarten children from the architect. Lemon yellow, orange and green are the main impressions of kindergarten entrance. The basic teaching units in the garden are composed of three levels, each of which is divided by different colors. On the East and West sides, light colors of the main tone are used to embellish the windows, and coloring poles of the same color system are used to outline the windows. Because the color blocks use different shades of the same color system, there are different levels of regional collocation, so the color effect is particularly rich, but not messy. Children treat colors differently from adults. Adults maybe sometimes be unable to stay in too many colors, but children must be able to fully digest and absorb the joy of colors.
▼色块成为建筑师给这个城市空间和幼儿园孩子们的礼物，the color block became a gift for the city space and kindergarten children from the architect 摄影：张超
向阳而生|Born towards the Sun
The contour of project land is a right trapezoidal shape. The right angles of north, West and South intersect. The west line is basically the same as the North-South line, and the East is the oblique line. Firstly, the architectural layout tried to meet the requirements of 27 teaching rooms with limited land content. After considering the size of land use, classified playground and large centralized playground, three rows and three floors of building volume were the most suitable building site conditions. But after connecting the three rows of classrooms with a north-south corridor, the problem arose. While the corridor achieved traffic links, it also brought a certain degree of sunshine self-shielding effect to the classrooms on the east side of the corridor, which made the most suitable and efficient architectural pattern impossible to achieve. But after noticing the slanting line of the eastern boundary of the land, the architect found the simplest solution. We rotated the three rows of classrooms and corridors about 10 degrees on the master plan, and the corridors were basically parallel to the eastern boundary. The calculated sunshine results just solved the problem of self-shielding of the corridors, greatly improved the sunshine condition of the three rows of classrooms and the activity venues between classrooms, and conveniently enlarged the distance between the northernmost classroom building and the road in front of the entrance, and improved the space ruler of the kindergarten entrance. Our design, to the classroom and playground, injected a kind of ” Born towards the Sun ” vitality.
▼一条南北贯穿的连廊将三排教室连接起来，三排教室和连廊整体在平面上旋转约10度，连廊基本与东边界平行，after connecting the three rows of classrooms with a north-south corridor, architects rotated the three rows of classrooms and corridors about 10 degrees on the master plan, and the corridors were basically parallel to the eastern boundary 摄影：张超
Three rows of classrooms were arranged parallel from north to south. This pattern was very in line with the way of class integration in kindergartens. It allowed the kindergarten to have a flexible choice of grade groups. For example, junior, secondary and senior classes could be integrated into three different floors, or three grades can be integrated into three different buildings. The architect has given the gardener sufficient flexibility to cope with the ever-changing requirements in use.
▼沿街入口立面，entrance facade along the street 摄影：张超
▼标准教学单元南立面，south facade of the basic teaching units 摄影：张超
多彩礼盒环抱的童年时光|The Childhood Surrounded by Colorful Gift Boxes
The big playground on the west side is the main space of the whole kindergarten. It is surrounded by the phonetic classroom, the corridor and the unit classrooms. Part of the walls on the three surfaces was designed to be curved surface, which enhances the feeling that the big playground was surrounded. The curved surfaces still emphasize the thematic position of color in the building, such as three large colored gift boxes surrounding around children running and playing on the playground.
▼三个弧面强调了色彩在这个建筑中的主题位置，像是三个彩色的大礼盒，the curved surfaces still emphasize the thematic position of color in the building, such as three large colored gift boxes 摄影：张超；创意图片制作：张慧洁、陈树楠
材料的精致表达 Exquisite Materials
The exterior facade of kindergarten are aluminum alloy sheets exterior decoration. By precisely controlling the advance and retreat dimensions of aluminum alloy sheets and civil walls, architects have achieved rich level changes and detailed effects on the facades of the building. The interlacing of large and small shapes, the grooves and prominent lines reflecting the floor changes, the edges of windows, and so on, all show the architect’s delicate expression of materials.
▼外立面采用铝板外饰面，exterior facades of kindergarten use aluminum alloy sheets 摄影：张超
▼围墙，enclosing wall 摄影：张超
▼教室内部，interior of the classroom 摄影：张超
▼音体教室，phonetic classroom 摄影：张超
▼西操场夜景，night view of the west playground 摄影：张超
▼内院夜景，night view of the inner courtyard 摄影：张超
▼一层平面图，first floor plan
项目详细地址: 江苏省 苏州市 吴中区太湖新城，芙蕖街西侧，原博街南侧，东太湖路北侧。