The architects approach this project with an understanding children naturally feel more comfortable in spaces that are relatively related to their size, of which offer a sense of safety and freedom to explore their surroundings. From a larger point of view, a cluster of small spaces stimulates and encourages the children to go out and discover what is beyond their own personal bubble. The flexible spatial organization is a direct respond to programmatic requirements and the educational experience the architects want to offer.
A common practice in developing country, whose society progresses at a fast pace, is to deliberately recondition an old existing building and give it new functional or aesthetic purposes. This is normally done accompanying a more complex spatial demands, limited resources, and time. Despite the constrains, the team have transformed an old, and monolithic space to a bright and exuberant vitality kindergarten, a place that foster the new generation of Vietnamese people.
Chuon Chuon Kim Kindergarten, Tân Định Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Architects: Kientruc O
Area: 486 sqm