Creche Ropponmatsu is a kindergarten for children aged between 0 to 5 years, located in a residential area in Fukuoka, Japan. Emmanuelle Moureaux has designed the exterior of the building, interior space, logos and graphical signage, with a vision to open a new kindergarten where children can grow up freely in mind and body. Running behind the colorful grove, this kindergarten gives an opportunity for children to raise rich sensibility by feeling many colors wherever they are.
On the facade, 22 colors were used for 63 multi-colored trees that extend their branches rhythmically and wrap the building. While the full-sized windows give a feeling of openness, the trees give a sense of distance to the outside that visually protects children in a gentle way. In the nursery room, 25 colors were used for 200 colorful personal boxes where children can store their personal belongings so that every time they use tools or get changed they find and pick up the box of their color. The stairs connected the floors uses 18 colors, and the colors of wall change as children travel up and down the stairs.
The colorful trees are also incorporated in the logo of the kindergarten. The logo is used on other areas such as children’s uniforms and bus, to give a sense of unity.
Spending time in colorful environment helps to maximize the sensitivity of children and bring out the personality of each child. Surrounded by many colors, touching many colors, living with many colors – the kindergarten wishes to develop rich sensibilities and individuality of children. With this hope in mind, the colorful grove watches the growth of children every day.
LOCATION: Fukuoka, Japan
OPENING: 2017 April
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN: Emmanuelle Moureaux (emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design)
PHOTOS: Daisuke Shima