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Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Posted By Ana Lisa On April 12, 2013 @ 5:43 pm In Architecture,Botanical,carousel showcase,Daylighting,Design,Gallery | 1 Comment

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Situated in the city of Tachikawa, Fuji Kindergarten follows the Japanese architectural tradition of welcoming nature in [1]. In this case, Tezuka Architects built around nature, leaving the classroom’s core tree free to grow with the kids. Shaped like a spiral and featuring outdoor and indoor spaces, the classrooms have great views – particularly when looking up.

The kindergarten has plenty of natural light, oxygen and a really fun design [2] that encourages kids to grow freely because the sky is their ceiling. The school’s vice principal, Mr. Kato inspired the building’s form when he requested “a classroom without furniture”. The project is a great way to pay homage to a Zelkova [3] tree that survived a terrible typhoon fifty years ago.

+ Tezuka Architects [4]

Via ArchiLovers [5]

Photos by Tezuka Architects  [4]

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URLs in this post:

[1] welcoming nature in: http://inhabitat.com/japanese-takaya-house-features-a-natural-floor-made-from-tamped-earth/

[2] fun design: http://inhabitat.com/berlins-trendy-mittes-parkour-lets-you-climb-along-vintage-cars-and-recycled-objects/

[3] Zelkova: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zelkova

[4] + Tezuka Architects: http://www.tezuka-arch.com/english/

[5] ArchiLovers: http://www.archilovers.com/p81711/Ring-Around-a-Tree

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