MRN Kindergarten and Nursery

Institutional, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020

MRN Kindergarten and Nursery

March 3, 2020

Situated amidst the rural fields on the foothills of Mount Kirishima in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan, this local pre-school often welcomes children who’s parents were once students here themselves. Taking inspiration from this, the design theme for this institution is connection.

The existing building was expanded and renovated several times in the past 30 years, but it was still nowhere close to the ideal environment that the architects envisioned for the upbringing of children in today’s requirements. So, after the demolition of the old building, the design of the new building was formulated by defining the areas meant for different purposes such as learning, playing, eating, exercising, etc.

Four big, mature trees have been retained for the upcoming generation. They are at the centre of the building, serving as a visual connection from where they are visible from all the nursery rooms. The emergency staircase from the second floor was extended all the way underneath these tree branches, making it possible for children to create a playful environment. In addition, several cedar and Hinoki cypress trees from Miyazaki were planted, connecting the kindergarten site with the local community and nature.

With proper segregation of spaces according to usage, it encourages children to identify, think, learn and evaluate on how to act and behave in that particular place by themselves.


Project NameMRN Kindergarten and Nursery
LocationMiyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan
Completion Date2019
Site Area3,326.35 square metres
Building Area1,113.68 square metres
Gross Floor Area1,230.67 square metres
Building Height2 floors
Architecture FirmHIBINOSEKKEI; Youji no Shiro
Images/PhotosToshinari Soga (studio BAUHAUS)

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