Knowing that kids will go out of their way to jump in a puddle if they see one, Japanese architecture firms Hibino Sekkei and Youji no Shiro created a playful school for kids that would allow them to do just this.
The two-storey school's most exciting feature is a central courtyard that is open to the skies above, letting in the sunshine on a good day, as well as rain on a cloudy one. Since the roof is fully retractable, this section can even be frozen over to create an icy rink for kids, giving them a safe area for supervised play. When the space is fully dry, it also serves as the perfect indoor activity area.
This multipurpose space provides numerous stimuli to keep kids entertained all season long.
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