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Kengo Kuma & Associates designs childcare centre in Japanese town inspired by its red roof and sake heritage

August 22, 2020

Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed a 929m² childcare centre in Saijo in Hiroshima Prefecture that is known as a town of red roof tiles and sake breweries. The building was provided with a warm expression with different shades by using red roof tiles that are individually hand-finished by craftsmen.

The unique “Igura” configuration of houses in Saijo was adopted for the playrooms in order to create large bright spaces, and light flows in through the membrane roof. Sake bags that were used by a local sake brewery were reused to make the interior lights, creating a building where children can learn about culture while playing.

Project details:

Design Team: Shuji Achiha, Shin Aoki, Shiho Yoo, Shoki An
Structure Engineer: Tomonori Kawata Structural Engineers
Mep Engineer:Kankyo Enngineering Inc

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Photos: Masato Yamaguchi

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