status: completed in 2013
location: Zhangjiagang, China
surface: 5500sqm
client: Newton International Kindergarten China
photography: Masao Nishikawa

NEWTON ZHANGJIAGANG was a renovation project of an existing building in Zhangjiagang city. The project requirements break this renovation from a simple one; with requirements of changing the structure, exterior, and interior spaces.

Unlike the typical Chinese kindergarten, NEWTON ZHANGJIAGANG seeks for a more open and homey atmosphere. With this vision, we decided to create a central atrium space which functions as an internal playground as well as a living space for children. Surrounding this large atrium space, all the class rooms were laid out and are visually connected. A circulation corridor was provided for children in order to see and to be seen by each other. This interconnected atrium is the main characteristic of NEWTON ZHANGJIAGANG, which brings a lot of memorable scenes for the children. The atrium space also functions as public zone for various events and ceremonies, creating more memories for both parents and children. NEWTON ZHANGJIAGANG is the very first kindergarten in Suzhou area, which seeks for a unique space for its own educational purpose.
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