We love kindergartens. We can hardly imagine a more inspiring assignment for an architect than to design a kindergarten. Colors, imagination, fun: it all should come into play in such a building. And as a matter of fact, many designers have been inspired to do great work when designing kindergarten classrooms. We have already spoken about our love for colorful, creative schools, and here’s more: ladies and gentlemen, moms and dads, here are the ten most beautiful kindergartens of the world (France is winning this by the way).
1. Groupe Scolaire Joséphine Baker, La Courneuve, France
Designed by Dominique Coulon et Associés, who also designed a few other amazing school buildings, this building uses the orange color in an amazing way to bring warmth into an otherwise white, clean space. We love the contrast with the snow, and how despite the clean lines, the place is all but cold.
2 – Nursery in Serreguemines, France
First of all, how beautiful is this?
This building designed by architects Paul Le Quernec and Michel Grasso has an immediate calming effect, as it looks immerse in nature – even if this is actually only a front garden. But with the low and wavy lines, and bright colorful interiors (you can see them in the gallery), this building is capable of keeping a sense of calm and tranquillity without losing any playfulness.
3 – Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, Herat Afghanistan
How not to love the splash of color this school is bringing to the area. And how not to smile at the thought that this primary school, the result of a collaboration between 2A+P/A, IaN+ and MaO was a low-budget, charity project, which used local materials and technology: it’s a testimony to how much can be done with good will, and that such a beautiful primary school is in Afghanistan fills us with hope.
4 – École Maternelle Pajol, Paris
Remember the most colorful school ever, designed by Palatre et Lecrere? It’s still one of our favorite, and we are still pretty jealous of the parents who get to walk their kids there every day!
5 – Écolle Maternelle, Dalles des Olympiades, Paris
Another one in Paris (we told you France was leading): this building designed by Eva Samuel Architect Urbanist & Associates is wonderful not only because of the pink touch, which of course we love, but because each of these “windows” is in reality a mini room for the child to play in! It’s their mini home with a view, full of colors (see pictures in the gallery), and we totally wish we had one of our own too!
6 – Kindergarten Kekec, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Imagine you could change the color of your school whenever you wanted. Well, this is exactly what the kids of Kindergarten Kekec, designed by Arhitektura Jure Kotnik can do: the vertical panels on the exterior of the school can be easily turn around, allowing kids to play with their own school building.
7 – Crèche de la Girafe, Boulogne, France
8 – Centro Infantil Municipal in El Chaparral, Granada, Spain
Then there is this building, designed by Alejandro Muñoz Miranda, which looks like it’s in a painting. Instead, it’s real and the kids of a small town near Grenada get to enjoy all its colors. Seriously, look at this:
9 – Bailly School Complex, Saint Denis, France
This school in the banlieu of Paris, designed by Mikou Design Studio shows a great combination of glass to get light, color, and art (can you see the silhouettes behind the glass?). A wonderful example of redevelopment, it brings modern, clean lines to an otherwise unappealing industrial area.
10 – Ring Around a Tree, Fuji
A kindergarten that is a playground and tree house too! We just could not dream of anything more exciting! Designed by Japanese firm Yui and Takaharu Tezuka, this is the actual dream and we want one in every city, that’s what.