©Masato Yamaguchi

Japan 2020Sakuragaoka Childcare Center


A bright child center overflowing with the warmth of wood and light from the Seto Inland Sea was designed for Saijo in Hiroshima Prefecture which is known as a town of red roof tiles and sake breweries. The building was provided with a warm expression with different shades by using red roof tiles that are individually hand-finished by craftsmen.
The unique “Igura” configuration of houses in Saijo was adopted for the playrooms in order to create large bright spaces, and light flows in through the membrane roof. Sake bags which were used by a local sake brewery were reused to make the interior lights, creating a building where children can learn about culture while playing.

Team Shuji Achiha, Shin Aoki, Yoo Shiho, Shoki An Construction DAISAN Cooperation KAWATA Tomonori Structural Engineers Facility Kankyo Engineering Award Japan Sign Design Award 2020 (The 54th) Bronze Prize (Sakuragaoka Childcare Center)) Photography ©︎ Masato Yamaguchi