Dalian Preschool – China
Ok, I admit it, this is definitely interesting, but I don’t know… a kindergarten? Does this shape get to you to think about a preschool? Although this unique project benefits from the collaborative expertise and design criteria from two early childcare professionals: the International Child Resource Institute (ICRI) based in the United States and Kinderland based in Singapore, the final result is somewhat disputable. “Combining the highest standards in the world with the complex local requirements of China, the program and resulting architecture offers children one of the most unique and comprehensive environments for learning and subsequently flourishing as individuals.”
“Conceptually, the design establishes a dynamic, fluid language that responds to both climatic conditions as well as progressive educational goals. The design endeavors to provide a unique, youthful and stimulating environment that marks a significant, independent shift from existing kindergarten models.” Well we analyzed in the past a different project at archtopia in the community centers, but that was a different story, and the design was much more appropriate for a program such as Preschool or Kindergarten. Of course I’m talking about the Kindergarten Sighartstein.
How do you feel about this? Do you find this the best solution for a Kindergarten? What would you have made different?