Early years schools: Sculpting of space and imagination.

I still remember my nursery/kindergarten classroom with a great deal of lucidity. The texture of paint on the chair and tables, the colours and the general layout of the land, as it were. In contrast, I don’t quite remember my teachers or my friends from that period – not to say that they failed me as teachers or friends, it is just what it is. I figure it has much do with being impressionable at that age and that sculpting of space has much to do with the sculpting of imagination. Having done my rounds of pre/nursery school visits in urban India this century, I am struck by how ‘Disneyfied’ everything is. I choose to call them the ‘Mickey Mouse Schools’ – the walls, tables, fixtures plastered with Goofys, Mickeys and Donalds, not to forget the Simbas and the Alladins. Predictable, dull, uninspiring, dead spaces. However all is not lost, as some remarkable architectural and interior minds have silently worked to put out school projects of remarkable inventiveness elsewhere  Take a look.

Bailly School Complex by Mikou Design Studio — Saint-Denis, France

Kindergarten by Eva Samuel Architect Urbanist & Associates — Paris, France

Les Vinyes Primary and Secondary School by MMDM Arquitectes S.C.P. — Barcelona, Spain

Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School by 2A+P/A + IaN+ + MaO — Herat, Afghanistan

School Barvaux-Condroz by LR Architects — Barvaux-Condroz, Belgium

 

Chromatic Play by Juana Canet Arquitectos — Mallorca, Spain

Sra Pou Vocational School by Rudanko + Kankkunen — Sra Pou, Cambodia

Sarreguemines Nursery by Michel Grasso and Paul Le Quernec — Sarreguemines, France

Antas Education Centre by AVA Architects — Porto, Portugal

The Josephine Baker Schools by Dominique Coulon & Associés — La Courneuve, France

Leimondo Nursery School by Archivision Hirotani Studio — Nagahama, Japan

Timayui Kindergarten by Giancarlo Mazzanti — Santa Marta, Colombia

Galjoen School by Rocha Tombal — The Hague, The Netherlands

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM — Paris, France

Kindergarten Kekec by Arhitektura Jure Kotnik — Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ashmita Agarwal
Ashmita Agarwal
8 years ago

I am currently a psychology under-grad student. I would like to become a kindergarten teacher. I do plan on getting my masters, but I’m not sure in what. How can I become a kindergarten teacher with a 4 year degree in psychology? Is it possible?

Loretta Neale
Loretta Neale
8 years ago

I want to be a nursery school teacher but i want to see if it will pay the bills

Richa Bumba
Richa Bumba
8 years ago

Does the child start preschool age 2 and then nursery at 4 and primary school at 5? Is the only one they are legally obligated to attend primary school?

I want my child to attend all of these but just curious to know and where to get more info!

fabrielo
fabrielo
9 years ago

junior years in school are probably the most difficult,,, these schools look fantastic.

Shibani
Shibani
9 years ago

Milindo..i agree with your observations..i would also add maintenance of spaces as a key differentiator. Some of the preschools that i visited were not only without adequate light and air, but also terribly neglected..do not visit some of their loos!

Gruber
Gruber
9 years ago

Sharing this! Danke

Subhadra
Subhadra
9 years ago

I would have loved to go to one these schools. lol. I checked out some ‘franchisee preschools’ in Mumbai and some of them were dungeons in basements. :(

Keiffer
Keiffer
9 years ago

I found the Herat Afghanistan one quite interesting in terms of the project..thanks for the project link

trevor g
trevor g
9 years ago

the Santa Marta kids look like they are having fun! Its good to see some pics with kids in them, i find just buildings terribly boring

Isabelle
Isabelle
9 years ago

I just love the Josephine Baker schools in France. Good to see it here as a worthy mention.

Miyazawa
Miyazawa
9 years ago

This is quite interesting…..but i think the design/achitecture perspective is mostly European.

Jacqueline
Jacqueline
9 years ago

Nice list. I have trooped around for an appropriate school for my 4 year old…and most of the schools are so depressing.

Kurt
Kurt
9 years ago

Sarreguemines, France – interesting structure and interiors! Maybe too candy pink for my liking..

Rebeiro
Rebeiro
9 years ago

Portugal! Portugal!

Binoy
Binoy
9 years ago

Good architecture makes ALL the difference… Bad architecture makes anything unlivable…forget schooling.