I don’t think I’ve wanted to be 4 years old so badly in my life than right now as I look over this beautiful “building” by Yui and Takaharu Tezuka. It’s called Rind Around A Tree, and it’s a small and completely unique kindergarten in Fuji, Japan. The story around this tree though is almost more intriguing than the space itself:
Planted more than 50 years ago, the Zelkova in the Fuji Kindergarten was hit by a typhoon and almost uprooted. The tree dried out completely but recovered despite general disbelief. Older residents of the area remember this Zelkova because it was the only tree to be used by children for climbing and games even before there was a kindergarten.
The idea of the space is that it lets little minds (and bodies) run free. There aren’t even chairs in the space, just simple, cylindrical pieces of wood that act as seating. Overall the space has six floor, though most of those are made for the children. I feel like all children should have the ability to experience a learning environment like these. I know a 4 year old Bobby would have created so many creative adventures in a space like that.
Found through Domus