Sanhe Kindergarten in Beijing

Sanhe Kindergarten, Beijing Building for Children, New Chinese Architecture Images

Sanhe Kindergarten in Beijing

Building Project in Northern China – design by Obra Architects

17 Apr 2019

Sanhe Kindergarten

Design: Obra Architects

Location: Beijing, China

Sanhe Kindergarten in Beijing

Located in Beijing, the Sanhe Kindergarten is part of a large two million square meter multifamily housing development. The building faces south as it embraces a playground. It totals 5,550 sqm and has 18 classrooms for 30 children each, a total of 540 children. Besides the classrooms, it includes a gymnasium, a music room, administrative offices, a common kitchen, and 15 teacher’s bedrooms.

Sanhe Kindergarten in Beijing

Sanhe Kindergarten in Beijing

The building is configured as a faceted arc in three sections following the daily path of the sun, since in China it is believed that a child not exposed to enough sunlight will grow up to develop intellectual handicaps.

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The tripartite organization of the plan is multiplied across the building in recurrent triads: three different wings contain three classrooms each on the ground floor and are themselves organized in three levels to create a clear psychological map of the building for small children coming from homes mostly structured as mother, father and child.

Sanhe Kindergarten in Beijing

Sanhe Kindergarten in Beijing

Facing the south, the building unravels the diagrammatic simplicity of its ground floor with a series of terraces that, connected by exterior stairs, define a continuous path between every classroom and the playground below.

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In a country where education is synonymous with disciplinary rigor, the Sanhe Kindergarten implicitly proposes an alternative pedagogy for which play is the cornerstone of knowledge while embodying it in the very fabric of the building.

Sanhe Kindergarten in Beijing

Sanhe Kindergarten, Beijing – Building Information

Design: Obra Architects
Location: Beijing, China
Client: Beijing Century Property Group Sanhe Bai Jia Real Estate Co.
Year: 2012 – 2017
Status: Built
Program: Education
Size: 5,500 sqm
Site: 7,100 sqm
Team: Obra Architects China Architectural Design Research Group
Awards: Beijing Urban Construction Tenth Co. 2014 American Institute of Architects New York Design Award 2014 Kim Swoo Geun Preview Prize Award

Sanhe Kindergarten in Beijing

Sanhe Kindergarten in Beijing images / information received 170419

Location: Beijing, China




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