project year: 2018-2021
Changjiahui Kindergarten is located at Danzishi Changjiahui area on the south bank of Chongqing, China, where the Yangtze River and Jialing River merge together. The unique geographical advantage provides a charming river view for this project. Surrounded by residential blocks, this project is located on the east side of Yuhua Road, where there is a 10m height difference from south to north. The kindergarten is functioned with 18 classrooms, offices, an activity room, a kitchen, and a clinic, covering 5400 ㎡.
The concept intends to shape each individual classroom with attached fundamental facilities into independent volumes. In this way, these volumes are arranged in grids and naturally create three courtyards. The boundary between each courtyard has been blurred to a large extent. Large floor-to-ceiling windows are installed to ensure sufficient light for children’s activity, bring the vibrant courtyard landscape into the interior at the same time. The semi-open corridors connect classrooms, courtyards and roof terraces, which provides plenty of outdoor entertainments for kids to interact with nature and develop their kinesthetic intelligence.
In response to the height difference of the site and to reduce the sense of depression which large building volumes may bring, the classroom units along the street fell along the terrain, forming a stepped roof platform. The high volume on the north side provides the classroom with plenty of light and excellent views. The floor-to-ceiling windows, corridors, and inner courtyards offer the entire building a transparent image that stands out in the haze of Chongqing and brings life to the community.
This architecture piece blurs the boundary between inside and outside. The transparent volumes form the rich and interesting spaces. The building not only offers children after-class activity spaces to explore, but also fosters their creativity.
The bay windows facing the street break the orthogonal grid with a dynamic form and build up a dialog between the building and the river. In order to create a pure integrated space, the concrete arch walls act as cantilevered structural supports for both the bay windows and floor slabs, unifying the architectural structure, form and space.