Design studio with Vivian Chen, Spring 2014
Analysis of a vernacular precedent, the lumbung, Indonesian rice barn, and the ‘rainbow ark soaring in the sky’ school, a contemporary preschool by Kikuma Watanabe produced a set of diagrams examining the relationship between learning, exploration, and circulation. The way children use traditional architectural elements like ramps, windows, or columns sets the conceptual foundation for a new type of preschool. Various options of circulation give children an opportunity to create their own path from one space to the next. Deep in Thailand's bamboo forests, a winding snake climbs until it looks above the canopy.