At the Nursery School in Covolo di Pederobba by C+S Associati, color takes on more than just a decorative element. Each hue denotes the function of the space. Yellow signifies spaces for the youngest children; green areas are for the oldest kids. Purple places are for teachers.
The color coding of the Nursery School in Covolo di Pederobba in Italy continues on the exterior, where red signifies outdoor courtyard space.
How fun is the Tuka-Tuka-Land kindergarten in Germany? Designed by Die Baupiloten, the building features irregular climbing and hiding structures that burst out of the exterior walls.
The climbing structures' soft yellow padding and oak framing continue on the inside of the Tuka-Tuka-Land kindergarten creating interactive spaces and few straight walls.
Die Baupiloten also designed the Familienservice School in Berlin, located in a converted floor of an office building. In this play space, bookshelves, reading nooks, and other stackable polygons can be piled in a multitude of formations so that the learning landscape is ever-changing.
In Tromsø, Norway, 70°N Arkitektur designed a series of six kindergartens based on the same guiding principles. Each school is organized in longitudinal zones that include exterior play spaces, roof terraces, and indoor "streets."
Several of the Tromsø kindergartens feature hinged walls, like the one shown here. These movable partitions create the opportunity to divide spaces into large or small areas. The walls also feature built-in furniture, drawers, whiteboards, climbing walls, and more.
In the Shiga Prefecture of Japan, Endo Shuhei Architect Institute designed Bubbletecture M, this stunning kindergarten. Octagonal rooms are connected by concrete boxes, all of which are covered by a domed roof made of wooden beams and hexagonal metal fittings.
The triangular geometry used in the design of Bubbletecture M provides beautiful interior spaces and a strong structural frame.
The dome that forms the pivot point between the two arms of the kindergarten is this auditorium and gathering space. See more playful projects from the book in our first Play! Indoor and Outdoor slideshow. Play! is published in the United States by Berkeley-based company Gingko Press and will be on sale in September.