Fuji Kindergarten Uses Architecture to Combine Learning and Play

By: Joey Haar - Sep 22, 2016
References: tezuka-arch & architonic
Fuji Kindergarten eschews the architecture of most schools. Whereas the traditional idea of a school is a rectangular building segmented into dozens of smaller, closed off rectangular classrooms, Fuji Kindergarten abandons all these principles in favor of an environment that allows children to shape the space themselves.

Designed by Japanese firm Tezuka Architects, Fuji Kindergarten is a large oval building with a diameter of 183 meters that holds approximately 500 children. The oval surrounds a central courtyard. While this shape is unique in itself, what truly separates Fuji Kindergarten from other schools is that it has no walls -- the courtyard is freely accessible from anywhere under the oval, and the oval has no partitions between areas.