Creche Ropponmatsu is a kindergarten located in a residential area in Fukuoka city, capable of accepting a maximum capacity of 90 children aged between 0 to 5 years old. Emmanuelle Moureaux (of Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design) designed the architecture, interior space, logos and graphical signage, with a vision to open a new kindergarten where children can grow up freely in mind and body. Running behind the colourful grove, this kindergarten gives opportunity for children to raise rich sensibility by feeling many colours wherever they are.
Collections of colours jump into the eyes in one glace, as many colours are used in the facade and in the interior space. On the facade, there are 22 colours used in 63 multi-colored trees of 4 m in height extend the branches rhythmically and wrap the building. While giving full-sized glass with a feeling of openness, by wrapping it with colourful trees, gives a sense of distance to the outside, and visually protects the children in gentle gesture. In the nursery room, 200 colourful boxes in 25 colors are lined up on the wall, where each one of them belongs to every child to stock their personal goods. Every time children use their own tools or get changed, they find and pick up the box of their colour.
The stairs that connect the 4 floors uses 18 colors, where children are surrounded by many colours as the colours of wall changes as they travel up and down the stairs.
The colourful trees are also incorporated in the logo of the kindergarten. The logo is also used on other areas such as Children’s uniforms and bus, to give a sense of unity.
Spending time in colourful environment helps to maximize the sensitivity of children and bring out the personality of each child. Surrounded by many colours, touching many colours, living with many colours – the kindergarten wishes to develop rich sensibilities and individuality of children. With this hope in mind, the colourful grove watches the growth of children every day.
Project: Creche Ropponmatsu Kindergarten (Open April, 2017)
Architect/Designer: Emmanuelle Moureaux (Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design)
Space Design / Sign Design: Emmanuelle Moureaux (Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design)
Photography: Daisuke Shima
Emmanuelle Moureaux (Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design)
Address: Tounkyo Bldg 3F, 1-14- 14 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047 JAPAN
Tel: (81) 3-3293- 0323
Fax: (81) 3-3293- 0322
Client: Kusagae-en Social Welfare Corporation
Location: 2-15- 5 Kusagae, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka, 810-0045 JAPAN
Tel: +81 92 716 7080
Use: Kindergarten (capacity for 90 children)
Structure: Steel Structure
Site Area: 417.48 m2
Floor Area: 697.40 m2 (1F: 216.92 m2, 2F: 222.03 m2, 3F: 222.03 m2, 4F: 36.42 m2)