© Kawasumi・Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office

Japan 2019Tsurukawa University


We designed a campus for a university that specializes in childcare education, by using plenty of trees to create a warm and friendly atmosphere.

We developed the concept of “creating a college building that resembles playground equipment,” and applied various wooden playthings and devices as the intermediary between the building and the humane activities, making the entire site more humane and approachable.

Wooden louvers provided on the exterior were also designed to resemble a toy, while their function primarily to block out the afternoon sun.

One of the children’s favorites is the slide installed along the large staircase, on which events and performances are staged.

Team Shuji Achiha, Mitsuharu Yoshisato, Nanako Adachi, Minoru Yokoo, Chihiro Handa, Hiroyo Yamamoto, Yoo Shiho, Keiko Yoshida* Construction Shimizu Corporation Cooperation Ejiri Structural Engineers Facility P.T.Morimura & Associates Exterior Green Wise Others 拓実設計 Photography ©︎ Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office