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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

PIXY HALL in Kanagawa, Japan by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

 
September 20th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

It is a interior of kindergarten which is specific for art education.

The plan proposes a multi-purpose space to carry out regular nursery activities as well as special activities for both children and adults such as concerts, performances, exhibitions and workshops for children.

Therefore, by installing playground equipment shaped like a big mountain, which prompt various activities, I aimed to create a space where children and adults can expand their imagination.

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

  • Architects: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
  • Project: PIXY HALL
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Photography: atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners
  • Use: Kindergarten
  • Area: 90sqm
  • Client: piccolino kindergarten

Awards( Firm )

  • iF Design Award  “Gold Award” (Germany )
  • INTERIOR DESIGN Best of Year Awards 2011 “Best of Year / 1st prize” ( USA )
  • SBID(Society of British Interior Design) International Award “Best Commercial Space/ 1st prize” (UK)
  • red dot design award  (Germany)
  • International Architecture Awards Shortlist (USA)
  • Design for Asia Awards  “Merit Award” (HongKong )
  • Modern Decoration International Media Award “Annual Commercial Space Award / 1st prize “(China )
  • Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designers Award
  • Japan Display Design Association Award
  • Japan Sign Design Association Award
  • Japan Kids Design Association Award …and many others

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

The mountain shape prompts a variety uses, such as seats for concerts, a stage for dance and theatrical performances or a display area for exhibitions by artists and children.

The height difference between adults and children brings about different ways to perceive and enjoy this environment while promoting communication between them.

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

A surface used as a counter by adults placed at child’s height appears as a consecutive arch over houses to children. From a kid’s perspective, the mountain rises from the clouds changing gradually from white to brown while adults looking down from the top of the mountain can see the clouds floating below.

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

Spaces with different qualities abound in and out of the mountain, where colorful triangular chairs can be assembled to create one’s own place and discover new uses to one’s surroundings.

This environment develops the imagination, expression, communication and creativity skills of children and adults alike.

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

(The same setting can be equally enjoyed by children and their parents who see and use their surroundings according to different scales of perception.

This space has the flexibility to accommodate events where local residents of all ages can gather, strengthening the bonds between parents and offspring, their families and other members of the community.)

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

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