Xiaodongkeng Kindergarten

Nanjing Normal University's Institute of Preschool Education, under the leadership of Professor Xu Zhuoya, emphasizes the importance of music education for young children. They believe that music education should be achieved through music activities to foster all-around development, helping children become well-rounded individuals. Music is an auditory art, and the various sounds in everyday life can be transformed into forms of artistic expression. The team at Hope Garden is committed to instilling a love for music in children and nurturing their creativity. They aim to create an environment within the kindergarten that subtly exposes children to the world of art.
 

Musical Elements Everywhere - The Entire Kindergarten Is a Symphony of Notes

As music is an abstract art form with logical elements like melody, rhythm, and musical structure, the designers at Hope Garden have incorporated musical notes into the architecture. The undulating railings and ceiling symbolize musical scales and create a sensory experience for the children.

Kindergarten Design

Throughout the kindergarten, musical elements are seamlessly integrated. The observation windows on doors represent whole notes, doorknobs resemble quarter notes, and stair railings take the form of eighth notes. This immersion in music theory becomes an integral part of children's daily life, promoting music education in a subtle manner.

Kindergarten Design

Piano elements are found throughout the kindergarten, from the stairs to storage cabinets in the activity room and even on the ceiling of the music room. A piano floor in the music room allows children to interact directly with music, and the hallway's walls are adorned with dynamic musical lines and flowing staff notation, immersing the entire kindergarten in a musical sea.

Kindergarten Design

Fostering Comprehensive Development Through Music

Kindergarten Design

The multipurpose room serves as both an auditorium and sports area. It is used for regular basketball and soccer activities but can also host large-scale performances and presentations when needed.

Kindergarten Design

The construction room is where children begin to explore and understand the world around them. This multifaceted space combines thinking, hands-on activities, art, and creativity, enhancing children's construction skills, spatial awareness, social skills, and observation abilities. The designers have created different areas to offer diverse and multilayered construction experiences. Children can mimic the structures found here, creating their own buildings, walls, or even small amusement parks.

Kindergarten Design

The musical kindergarten aims to cultivate more than just musical interests. It strives to influence children's artistic sensibilities through their environment, elevating their artistic literacy and aesthetic discernment. By incorporating music as an intrinsic part of the kindergarten's architecture, Hope Garden encourages children to feel and imagine art in their daily lives, thus enhancing their sensitivity to and appreciation of the arts.

Project Name
Xiaodongkeng Kindergarten
Project Type
Kindergarten Design
Design Team
Xi Yuan Kindergarten Design Research Institute