This is a nursery reconstructed on a sloping site in Mito, Ibaraki. For many years, the old building consisted of an insipid, flat play ground and building with little connection, despite the surrounding terrain with elevation changes. The reconstruction was based on the concept of ‘a nursery on the earth that nurtures children’s bodies and minds’, with a varied playground that makes use of the difference in elevation of the surrounding terrain, and a building that is connected to the playground to encourage three-dimension play.
▼从停车场看向幼儿园，view to the nursery from the parking lot
▼幼儿园外观，external view of the nursery
The undulating playground is designed a circulation system, allowing children to devise their own ideas to continuous play, naturally increasing the amount of exercise and nurturing strong bodies. A hill and bridge in the middle of the playground directly connects the building and the playground and allows children to feel each other’s presence and voices.
▼小山丘，a small hill
In addition, a half-buried veranda-like space in the ground has play equipment such as rock climbing, swings, monkey bars, and hammocks to allow children to exercise in the open air, even when it is raining. From this point, there is a direct route into the building as well as out into the playground, creating a circulation system that includes the building.
▼半室外娱乐空间，half-buried verenda-like space
▼丰富的游戏设施，various play equipment
Inside the building, steps were purposely created in various areas, such as the dining room and toilets, to create an environment where the inside and outside are integrated and where children can continue to feel a sense of nature. With the playground where children can feel the changing seasons and signs of animals and plants, and exterior wall materials that reflect the changing colors of the sky from morning to night, the building allows children to sense the changing time with the earth.
▼能够感受自然的就餐空间，dining space close to the nature
▼餐厅室内，interior of the dining room
▼入口，可以和厨房的工作人员交流，entrance, children could communicate with the kitchen staffs
▼室内外的视觉连接，visual connection between the interior and the exterior
▼二层游戏室，play room on the second floor
toilet with light
▼夜景外观，external view of the building in the night
▼夜晚的庭园和半室外空间，night view of the playground and half-buried space
▼一层平面图，first floor plan
▼二层平面图，second floor plan
设计监理：HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro + KIDS DESIGN LABO
摄影：Toshinari Soga（studio BAUHAUS）
Project name：IK Nursery
Address: Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
Design: HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro + KIDS DESIGN LABO
Site area: 3,275.93 sqm
Building area: 834.77 sqm
Floor area: 1,388.77 sqm
Number of floors: 2 floors
Completion: November 2021
Photo credit: Toshinari Soga (studio BAUHAUS)