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.
Quezon daycenter in Philippines by Yuusuke Karasawa Architects
October 24th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Yuusuke Karasawa Architects
This facility is a day care center planned in the city of Quezon, located north-east of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine day care center, while its main function is a kindergarten/nursery, it also provides lodgings for the socially vulnerable and serves as a town community center. By having multiple functions, the day care center is more than just a nursery—it is a ”multi-purpose housing” made available for the city’s residents. It is a place where neighbors communicate with each other, a place of life and activities for the children and people without family. There, what is being contemplated is the proper way of a public “housing” that also provides communal functionalism.
The facility is designed so that many whirling circles intertwine into a network, creating one large eddy that stands in the shape of building. While each interior space performs a defined function, they combine to create a large swirl that becomes a comfortable outdoor space surrounded by open-air eaves and terrace. Unlike the interior spaces where the functions are defined, this centrally positioned outdoor space serves multiple functions, providing an outside living room where a multitude of diverse activities unfold and blend. The function-specific private interior space gradually continue toward a busy and public outdoor space. I am attempting to construct this eddy-shaped networked space as a new kind of “housing,” a place for mutual aid that is much needed in today’s society.