status: completed in 2013
location: Tokyo, Japan
surface: 500sqm
client: Coby & Associates Inc. Tokyo
landscape: PLATdesign
photography: Masao Nishikawa
award: Japan Minister of Education, Kids design award 2013

COBY KODAIRA was designed to be a child-care house for children where they spend almost a full day in the facility. A nursery service for 1-3 years old children is also provided. COBY KODAIRA needed to be seen and recognized as a house for children and for their parents, too.
Traditionally, house wife looks after the children and if not, grand parents can take the role. However, the family structure has changed, where family tends to be smaller and more separated. Under such circumstances, the demand for childcare has been rapidly increasing in Tokyo.

COBY KODAIRA is challenged to bring the childcare facility into a residential zone, seeking for more proximity to the residence, without the scale being residential. Accommodating about 150 children, this project aims at delivering more resemblances to their homes in ways of appearance and atmosphere.
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