Hangzhou Pule Kindergarten Yangjiadun Branch
The kindergarten is located in Binjiang District, Hangzhou, covering a total area of nearly 7,800 square meters. As an area with numerous high-tech industries like Alibaba, the rising ranking of Binjiang District among all districts in Hangzhou is accompanied by the demanding standards for educational facilities in recent years. In an emerging and flourishing urban area that benefits from science and technological progress, the key challenge facing the architects was how to embody the contemporary sense of educational facility. Finally, given the tight schedule and limited costs, the architects managed to construct an "attractive" kindergarten architecture through a modular concept combined with rapid construction.
项目鸟瞰 Aerial View of the Project
The project was located in a very demanding site. According to the Standards for Construction of General Kindergarten B33/1040-2007 released by Zhejiang Province, the total land area of the project and average area of its classrooms are only 78% of the lower limit of the standard value respectively. Since it is surrounded by high-rise buildings, its sunshine condition is not that good. There is an angle of 60° between the diamond-shaped building land and due south. If it adopted the traditional orthogonal grid layout, the lighting direction, the sunshine duration and the land use efficiency couldn't be ideal at the same time.
六边形类蜂巢元素 Hexagonal Honeycomb-like Elements
In view of this, the "hexagonal" motif became a way to solve problems, as it is the most common shape in nature and has the dual advantages of "complete filling" and "highest efficiency". The combination of hexagonal honeycombs conforms to the oblique angle of the site to introduce lighting to the maximum extent. What’s more, it also takes into account several requirements like favourable orientation, sunshine duration and site fitting rate.
幼儿园内景 Interior of Kindergarten
The hexagonal motif created a lot of non-right-angle spaces, thus fitting into the nature of children who are fond of exploring and playing. In order to further break the monotony of the corridor design, a zigzag "activity zone" emerged as the skeleton of building, which connects spatial units and provides a large number of communication spaces of different sizes, shapes and privacy, aiming at encouraging children to explore and communicate with others.
天台活动空间 Activity Space on Rooftop
楼梯拐角活动空间 Activity Space in Stair Corner
室内公共活动区域 Indoor Public Activity Space