MAD Architects has transformed an old house in Japan into an incredible kindergarten. The floor plan includes three levels, but they are not traditional ‘stories’ in any sense. Rather, the building’s layout is composed of several split levels and clever spaces for children to play, learn, socialize, and wonder. And, if the multi-level interior of the kindergarten isn’t enough to get the children amped up, the slide protruding from the second floor down to the protected courtyard will certainly do the trick.
The Beijing-based architecture firm unveiled the design renderings last year when the project broke ground, which captured the whimsical beauty of this unique renovation project. The old house, located in the city of Okazaki in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, was stripped down to its barest structure and then, using the original wood frame of the former house, a bevy of unique features were added.
Inside, the kindergartners enjoy an environment with minimal appointments, featuring natural wood flooring, bright white walls, and tons of daylight. The main area of the kindergarten sit under the wooden frame of the original home, giving the space a treehouse-like feel. Additional lumber was added to the frame to create a wooden canopy separate from the building’s exterior shell, which drapes over the original structure like a loose cloth.
Clover House recalls the structure’s former life as a cozy private home, while affording fun, creative spaces for education and socialization for generations to come.