Nursery School Design
In order to understand the design better, please make sure that you have read the previous post, namely:
Based on the programming the concept for the design evolved. The basic idea was to create three kinds of spaces. Covered spaces to house activities which need full attention from the children. Semi-covered spaces (i.e. courtyards with pergolas above) for group and fun oriented activities (e.g. circle time!) that don’t need too much attention. Fully open spaces for outdoor play.
Instead of designing one big mega structure to house the entire school, I chose to split it into smaller units, so that the size would get scaled down for a child’s visual and emotional comfort. The spaces were assigned names which would make each unit a home away from home e.g. a classroom was called ‘a house’, storage space space was called ‘treasure hunt’, restroom area was called ‘cleanshi’ etc. So here without further delay, I present the design. Please bear in mind that these drawings were made in 1984.
Location: New Delhi, India
Primary building materials: Brick and R.C.C.
This design can be easily adapted for nursery school in any culture and country. The classrooms can be smaller or larger, depending on the population. The building materials would vary depending on the geography e.g. if built in North America, it could be in wood frame construction with brick tile or siding. Lastly, I would appreciate it if you would let me know how does this design compare with the nursery schools in your region?
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