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A special school in Japan that uses a metaphor of a small town

Inariyama Special Education School in Chikuma, Nagano, Japan is designed by Japanese practice Atsushi Kitagawara Architects.

Containing a number of units, the architecture is conceived of as a small town - combining outdoor courtyards, open spaces, small vegetable fields to stimulate activities for both the children and the local community.

Utilising traditional Japanese wood construction techniques, the school is almost entirely made of lumber form the Nagano prefecture.

The steeped roof pitch and abstract branch-like structures clad in yellow gives the school a unique identity that they can call their own.

The choice of materials and construction has meant a low energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

The use of traditional construction techniques and natural and local woods, creates a beautiful, healthy atmosphere - promoting comfort and exploration.

Overhangs and louvres control the amount of light to flood into the interior - whilst different sized windows speaks of a child-scaled architecture - breaking down the fairly large facade.

Overall it is an architecture that fosters community - serving the needs of both children and adults alike.

Via DesignBoom


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