KINDERGARTEN -THE WHITE CANVAS
Kindergarten is a place for children to learn through exploration and creativity.
The white canvas manifests itself as a series of spaces for children to explore and occupy in their own creative ways.
The children are the colour that paints the canvas of their Kindergarten.
The external envelope of the building provides shelter and protection for the children. Within the building, space is articulated and layered to encourage passage through the building, engagement with the building, and connection to the spaces beyond the building. Change in scale is the main tool to achieve this objective. Children experience space differently to adults.
They feel and see the world in different heights and volume. The layers of space reveal different architectural opportunities for children and adults.
Compressed space acts as passage way, contained spaces offer comfort and security, and expanded spaces open up to the world beyond connecting to the landscape.
The Kindergarten is like a miniature city for the children. The diagram at the bottom illustrates the scales of classroom, common area and the passage. The classroom has its own visual identity, a house within a house.
Credit: Thomas Tsui (Architecture Graduate)