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This Nursery School in Japan is Basically a Glassy 'Treehouse'

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At this point, it's well established that children get some of the coolest architecture around. From a cat-shaped school in Germany with a slide for a tail to a "disappearing" mirrored childcare center in Ireland, buildings made for clients in primary school are generally more daring and fun than those made for adults, even when the whimsy is kept in check. The Hakusui Nursery in Chiba, Japan is a downward sloping glass-and-timber structure sectioned into different play zones with brightly painted stripes.

The kindergarten's walls are made of glass, and the roof is supported by crisscrossing wooden pillars. There's also a waterfall for the children to splash around in. According to Design Boom, the firm that designed it, Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop, "wanted the children to be exposed to as much of the surrounding nature as possible." There are more steps inside than an American school would probably allow, but there's something to be said for giving children dynamic building interiors that also teach them to be careful.

· Hakusui Nursery by Yamazaki Kentaro Defined by Stepped Interior [Design Boom]
· All Parenting Handbook posts [Curbed National]