Yui Tezuka at IIDEX 2017

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Lectures Toronto, ON, Canada November 30, 2017

Tezuka Architects’ Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo, Japan, was selected by the seven-member jury to receive the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize—a $100,000 award given every two years to an architect whose work has made a positive contribution to society. Yui Tezuka will discuss her award-winning project which was completed in 2007. This one-story, oval-shaped kindergarten that can accommodate over 600 children and is designed to support the Montessori education method. The elliptical building houses classrooms, offices, and support spaces surrounding an open playground that serves as the visual, functional, and spiritual focus of the school. The place for play is augmented by an elliptical upper deck that overlooks the playground and forms the roof of the school building. The rooftop offers an opportunity for children to freely run and play. Classrooms and offices are open and defined only by partial-height partitions. Segmented sliding-glass walls permit a free flow of children and adults between inside and outside.

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