Huzhou Nanxun Kindergarten is located in the core area of Nanxun City New Area. It faces Nanlin Road in the West and Central Street in the south. To the east, it is planned river course and urban green belt in the north, Nanxun Museum project in the north, citizen square in the northeast, and ecological children park in the east. With William Hezlitt’s design concept of “freedom to think, feel and do whatever you are interested in, complete freedom”, the designer has built a kindergarten with 8 classes of large, medium and small classes, which can accommodate about 720 children.
▼场地及幼儿园概览，overview of the site and the kindergarten 摄影：章勇
Interpenetration of Landscape and Architecture: The First Activity Space
▼体块生成，body block generation
▼建筑总体呈变异的环型，呼应基地的景观格局，architecture generally presents a variable ring pattern, which corresponds to the landscape pattern of the base 摄影：金伟琦
Architecture generally presents a variable ring pattern, which corresponds to the landscape pattern of the base. The whole building is high in the southwest and low in the northeast, forming an undulating architectural form. The inner courtyard opens to the northeast and permeates the landscape of rivers and parks. Such layout and form echoes the characteristics of the spatial pattern of urban design, shaping a relatively tough urban interface outward, and creating a comfortable and safe free circular activity space inward. The children’s pick-up and delivery site is integrated with the unified design of the eastern ecological park and connected with the main entrance square in the base through the pedestrian bridge, which adds interest to the entrance space of kindergartens.
▼向外塑造相对硬朗的城市界面，向内营造舒适安全的自由环形活动空间，the building shapes a relatively tough urban interface outward, and creates a comfortable and safe free circular activity space inward 摄影：金伟琦
▼景观渗透建筑，infiltration relationship between landscape and building 摄影：章勇
▼建筑整体西南高，东北低，形成起伏的建筑形态，the whole building is high in the southwest and low in the northeast, forming an undulating architectural form 摄影：金伟琦
Interesting Courtyard in New Urban Area：The Second Activity Space
As the core of the whole building, the inner courtyard connects ordinary classrooms, professional classrooms, office buildings, lobbies, multi-functional classrooms and canteens. The courtyard has different vegetation, landscape, game venues, plastic runway and so on, which forms a diversified interactive space and provides a place for large-scale communication activities in kindergartens. Designers hope that children can communicate and play as much as possible, but also hope that teachers can lead children to experience life without safety corner, the main field of vision within the venue to avoid tall trees, while combining with the terrain made many gentle slopes, rich surface topography to kindergarten children bring different entertainment experience.If the first space is the infiltration of the architectural environment into the building, the second space is the cohesive space created by the architectural design itself. The whole courtyard space integrates the professional classroom, public activity space and outdoor courtyard perfectly.
▼庭院内部设置不同的植被、景观、游戏场地、塑胶跑道等，形成多元化的互动空间，the courtyard has different vegetation, landscape, game venues, plastic runway and so on, which forms a diversified interactive space 摄影：金伟琦
▼内庭院作为整个建筑的核心，连接内部空间，as the core of the whole building, the inner courtyard connects interior spaces 摄影：金伟琦
▼丰富的曲面地形给幼儿园小朋友带来不同的娱乐体验，rich curved topography of this kindergarten brings different entertainment experiences to the children 摄影：金伟琦
▼内庭院向外开放的东北角，the northeast corner of the inner courtyard opens to the outside 摄影：金伟琦
The undulating green roof：The Third Activity Space
The undulating roof platform has an excellent landscape view. On the premise of ensuring safety, it combines roof garden to create an aerial playground, giving full play to the landscape advantage of the land adjacent to the park along the river. And set up different vegetation, landscape, game venues, plastic runway, highlighting the characteristics of kindergarten buildings childlike fun.
▼起伏的屋顶活动平台结合屋顶花园打造空中的游乐活动场地，the undulating roof platform combines roof garden to create an aerial playground 摄影：金伟琦
Free and colorful facade design
The facade of the building adopts the form of horizontal free window opening to ensure maximum lighting. Through the matching of glazed glass panels of different colors, the lovely and lively image temperament of kindergarten buildings is shaped. Horizontal balustrade is used in the interior yard, which staggers layer by layer to form a multi-level platform.In building monomer color, white is used as the main background color of building facade, orange and green glass plate is used as ornament, while the elevation color of children’s teaching space and supporting buildings is used to separate floors and add color to enhance the recognizability of each floor, and some veneer boards are used to give children a kind feeling of use.
▼通过不同颜色釉面玻璃板的搭配，塑造幼儿园建筑可爱活泼的形象气质，through the matching of glazed glass panels of different colors, the lovely and lively image temperament of kindergarten buildings is shaped 摄影：金伟琦
▼建筑立面采用水平向自由开窗形式，保证最大限度地采光，the facade of the building adopts the form of horizontal free window opening to ensure maximum lighting 摄影：章勇
Kindergarten is the first public space that children come into contact with in the process of growing up. The overall atmosphere of kindergarten architecture has a great impact on children’s perception and understanding. The activity space of kindergarten should not only be limited to physical space, but also reflect an educational constitution and concept through the construction and expansion of space, which is also a challenge for architects. How to explore the relationship between architecture and environment, the construction of courtyard space and the exploration of “the third space” in kindergarten architecture, so as to expand the abundant activity space is the core issue in the design of this case.
▼内庭院夜景， inner courtyard night view 摄影：金伟琦
▼一层平面图，first floor plan
▼二层平面图，second floor plan
▼三层平面图，third floor plan
▼南立面图 & 北立面图，south elevation & north elevation
▼东立面图 & 西立面图，east elevation & west elevation
▼1-1剖面图 & 2-2剖面图，1-1 section & 2-2 section
Project Name: Nanxun Town Center Kindergarten New Site Extension Project
Location of the project: Jiafeng Road, Nanxun District, Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province
Building area: 10030m2
Date of completion: 2017.09.29
Facade materials: white and color high-grade exterior wall paint, aluminium alloy windows, glazed glass panels
Architectural design company: The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd（www.zuadr.com）
General Responsibility for Design: Wang Yuping
Project Leader: Mo Zhoujin
Designer: Su Renyi, Xuan Wanli
Structure: Zhang Jie, Zeng Kai, Wu Jie
Electric：Shen Yueqing, Feng Baile
Water supply and drainage: Yi Jiasong, Chen Fei
HVAC: Pan Dahong, Ding De
Weak electricity: Jiang Bing, Zhang Wubo
Photography:,Jin Weiqi ，Zhang Yong