Shanghai Songjiang District Jidebao Kindergarten

"Home" signifies warmth, care, and genuine affection. In today's world, where cultural identity is often lacking, "home culture" takes on special significance.
 

The cultivation of "home culture" enables children to grow in an environment filled with love, enhancing their sense of belonging and security.

Kindergarten Design

Courtyard:

As children slowly climb the stairs along the courtyard to the second floor, they are greeted by extensive natural wood with no added coloring, creating a calm atmosphere throughout the space. This simple, untouched wood gives the whole area a sense of home, like a mother's embrace, warmly hugging every child entering the school. As the "Tao Te Ching" once said, "The beginning of all things is simplicity, and the process unfolds to complexity." "Simplicity" is taking simplicity to its utmost, exuding elegance and leaving room for rich nuances everywhere.

Kindergarten Design

Sunlight gradually filters through the glass windows of the second-floor courtyard, instantly transforming this small room into a crystal-clear, warm, and refined space. In the spring, children can plant potted plants on the flower shelves, burying seeds gently in the soil with their tender hands. Flowers grow alongside the children.

Kindergarten Design
Kindergarten Design

Inside the White Cloud Castle is a space that belongs to the children, warm and intimate. Here, different stories unfold every day. Children wearing crowns become kings, and those lifting the hems of their dresses turn into princesses. Some curious children peek out, while others sit quietly, sharing little secrets with their friends. Children's simple and unpretentious nature can be infinitely nurtured in this environment.
 

Play Area:

Smooth lines encompass rounded objects, creating a playful atmosphere throughout the hall. In the future, children can read quietly here, lounge on soft carpets for rest, or sit at mushroom tables to share the day's adventures with friends. In this open hall, children always enjoy being with their friends. Perhaps children who were playing and laughing just a moment ago have joined the reading queue in the next. On open house days, parents can select their favorite picture books with their children and sit down to enjoy this beautiful parent-child time—it's just like being at home.

Kindergarten Design
Kindergarten Design

Corridor:

The corridor is a place that teachers and children traverse daily, and natural light flows through the glass windows, filling it. The neatly organized cubbies hold the children's school bags, and the sound of joy and laughter frequently emanates from the classrooms. Regardless of the activity, children hold hands in the corridor, forming orderly lines, while teachers closely follow the students, caring for each child attentively. In this kindergarten community, there is an abundance of warmth between teachers and students, and camaraderie among peers.

Kindergarten Design
Kindergarten Design

Multi-Function Hall:

White lights outline wavelike shadows on the stage, combined with small, star-shaped lights overhead, creating an atmosphere of stars and the sea. The room is brightly lit yet soft. When various props are placed on stage for activities, children run, jump, climb, and play freely. They can feel the relationship between their bodies and the staggered architecture. This room lacks the formality of meetings, the seriousness of presentations, or the tension of academic discussions. When children take the stage for performances during evening events, this place transforms into a paradise of singing and dancing.

Kindergarten Design
Kindergarten Design

Renowned educational psychologist Abraham Maslow once said, "Young children who have their safety, sense of belonging, and love needs satisfied tend to become more independent than others." He emphasized the role of needs when explaining motivation, proposing his "Hierarchy of Needs." Maslow believed that humans have seven basic needs, with the "belongingness and love needs" ranking third in importance from low to high. Learning in a kindergarten filled with the warmth of a home environment allows children to more easily feel a sense of belonging and love, fostering natural and healthy growth.

Project Name
Shanghai Songjiang District Jidebao Kindergarten
Project Type
Kindergarten Design
Design Team
Xi Yuan Kindergarten Design Research Institute