Yawara Nursery | Kengo Kuma and Associates
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Japan 2019Yawara Nursery

2019.12
Hokkaido
Educational
Completed
811
1F

This wooden nursery that was built in a grassy plain in Hokuryu town in Hokkaido which is known as the home of the largest sunflower field in Japan was based on the theme of “Sunflower Geometry”.
The frame was built with larch wood which is locally produced, and larch panel boards were combined with larch plywood to create warm gentle interior space that envelops the children in which a portion of the structure is exposed.
The centripetal geometry of sunflowers was used as a hint to create a hall where all of the children gather around the center of the building, and lighting fixtures covered with yellow cloth that was dyed using sunflowers were suspended around the center as symbols of a hanging garden.
All of these features resulted in the birth of energetic warm space that perfectly suits a town known for its sunflowers.

Team Minoru Yokoo, Takashi Taguchi, Tomomi Sekiguchi, Miki Sato, Fumiya Kaneko Cooperation Oak Structural Design Facility Factor M Accumulation ACE-Architectual Cost Estimators Exterior IA-Institute Of Interior Architecture Photography ©︎ Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office