Shaowu Experimental Kindergarten Branch One

Kindergarten Outdoor Design

"An introduction, referring to blessings, interpreted as smooth, safe, and auspicious, is what constitutes blessings. Blessings have been interwoven throughout the five-thousand-year civilization of Huaxia, governing wealth, longevity, happiness, and prosperity, with meanings that can be both simple and profound, possessing metaphysical characteristics. "Culture, by definition, is created freely by people themselves," and in the modern context, people ascribe more interpretations to "Blessing Culture," distinguishing it across different nations and eras.

Kindergarten Outdoor Design

Designers draw inspiration from traditional culture, catering to the characteristics of the times, and distill a unique "Five Blessings Culture": Scientific Blessing, Health Blessing, Artistic Blessing, Language Blessing, and Social Blessing. By incorporating the essence of these five "blessings," they create a kindergarten landscape where ancient and modern cultures collide.
 

Scientific Blessing

The wind blows, and silver bells ring, with plants creating a balance of light and shadow.

Sunlight penetrates the cloud-patterned "Fu Yun" umbrella platform, creating a play of light and shadow. The gourd-shaped bells, combining the functions of a sunny-day doll and wind chimes, ring in the wind, forming a natural spectacle.

Kindergarten Outdoor Design
Kindergarten Outdoor Design

A winding aerial walkway features a "Fu" gourd island, offering children a protective umbrella from the scorching sun, a sanctuary for play and relaxation.

Kindergarten Outdoor Design

The walkway represents the mountain, the water play area represents the water, with toys and waterwheels in the pool, combining with a water transfer mechanism that ultimately flows back to its source. For children, this is an endless source of joy derived from scientific exploration.

Kindergarten Outdoor Design

Health Blessing

What is health? It's a state of physical and mental well-being. The definition of health for a kindergarten includes both physiological and psychological aspects. We hope that children have strong adaptability, good physical health, and strive to protect their tender and carefree childhood.
 

"Nature does not need prematurely ripened fruit because it is bitter and not sweet. Humans need children who gradually grow up, children with a childlike heart and appearance, as they are enduring and healthy." - Children's literature author Qin Wenjun

Kindergarten Outdoor Design

China has a long-standing "homophonic culture," with most expressions being auspicious. Therefore, in the design process, the designers decided to incorporate the "gourd" element as a symbol of "Blessing" culture.
 

Deep within the courtyard, a gourd-shaped house stands at its center, attracting children to explore and play...

The early childhood stage is a period of rapid physical and functional development for children. When creating outdoor facilities for kindergartens, a rich variety of physical activity expansion facilities are naturally indispensable. Children maintain a cheerful mood through activities such as walking, running, jumping, climbing, hanging, crawling, and leaping, cultivating their physical well-being through play.

Kindergarten Outdoor Design
Kindergarten Outdoor Design
Kindergarten Outdoor Design

Artistic Blessing

Art can be a broad concept or an individual phenomenon, encompassing a wide range of content. Designers extracted the theme of music from it, incorporating musical notes and instrument combinations into "Artistic Blessing," making kindergarten art tangible and accessible, allowing the intangible to become touchable and understandable through soft palms.
 

A graffiti wall is another form of artistic expression, aimed at fostering children's independent creativity, encouraging them to engage in activities such as painting and drawing, providing a stage for their liberated imagination.
 

Children's worlds are diverse, and their uniqueness makes them extraordinary.

Kindergarten Outdoor Design

Language Blessing

Books, tables, chairs, and sunshades create a peaceful spot, where "Language Blessing" in academic attire stands tall. But where has "language" gone in such tranquility?
 

The bulletin board serves as the kindergarten's "language output" to the outside world. By reading the content displayed on the bulletin board through text, images, and photographs, visitors can grasp the atmosphere and cultural definition of the kindergarten. The small exhibition window becomes a miniature representation of the entire kindergarten.

Kindergarten Outdoor Design
Kindergarten Outdoor Design

Social Blessing

For young children, the word "social" may seem a bit heavy, as their environment for growth is small. Their understanding of social interaction and relationships largely comes from daily life at home and playtime with teachers and classmates at the kindergarten.
 

From observing and listening to imitating and learning, children are busy in this role-play area, collaborating to complete interactive games.
 

They may play as a family, or they may wholeheartedly act as salespeople. Surrounded by love, they observe social rules and environmental changes, preparing themselves for the future.

Kindergarten Outdoor Design

"Social" is not only reflected in human interactions but also in maintaining a relationship with nature. The expansive rooftop filled with green plants, flower boxes shaped like the character "Fu," a meandering Nine-Bend Bridge, and a flowing lotus pond...
 

Children have a strong instinct to explore their surroundings and everything around them. Through intimate contact with nature, they plant a young seedling with their own hands, eagerly hoping for its healthy growth. This unexpected encounter between two forms of life leads to a collision, a bloom, and a wonderful chemical reaction showcasing the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature."

Kindergarten Outdoor Design
Kindergarten Outdoor Design
Kindergarten Outdoor Design
Kindergarten Outdoor Design

Project Name
Shaowu Experimental Kindergarten Branch One
Project Type
Kindergarten Design
Design Team
Xi Yuan Kindergarten Design Research Institute