A new kindergarten can be found in Jiading, a new town in a north Shangaian suburb which is not quite a typical cityscape nor a countryside. With regards to this ambiguous environment, the authors Liu Yichun and Chen Yifeng of the atelier Deshaus focused on the self-improvement, directly intervening into the site, and making a very clear juxtaposition of the architecture and the site. In contrast to the surroundings, the kindergarten is in an introverted position. The architecture is divided into two dominant parts: a rational, effective one – consisting of 15 classrooms and several playrooms; and an emotional one – an intentionally enlarged transportation space, consisting of an atrium with ramp ways connecting individual floor levels.
This atrium contributes to emotional and entertaining spatial experiences outside the ordinary, common daily routine. The open space for activities is placed between changed elevation areas and the courtyards are extended along the vertical direction instead of a traditional horizontal one. Children and teachers commute everyday from one part to the other. They are sheltered by the architecture and experience the inner and outer spatial balance between passion and reason.