Kindergarten may not be compulsory in some places. But many children around the world continue to benefit from it. It provides kindergarteners the environment that prepares them for elementary school and beyond. The school setting allows for the introduction of lifelong skills that children pick up from kindergartens. Like any educational facility, kindergarten architecture and design plays a big role in creating a suitable learning environment for children. Below are seven of the best-designed kindergartens in the world in alphabetical order.
École Maternelle Pajol, Paris, France
The École Maternelle Pajol in Paris used to be a drab 1940s building with four classrooms until it was renovated and transformed into a colorful learning space. Bright colors suffused the building from the inside out creating a vibrant feel to it. The rainbow-inspired colors exude energy and happiness that is suited for the fun learning environment kids need. Many of its interior fixtures were also picked with kids in mind.
Farming Kindergarten, Dongnai, Vietnam
The Farming Kindergarten in Vietnam is designed with the environment and sustainability in mind. The building has several energy saving features. Its green roof not only produces food that students can enjoy. It also serves as a space for children to learn how to grow their own food.
Fuji Kindergarten, Tachikawa, Japan
Built in 2007, Fuji Kindergarten in Tachikawa, Japan has drawn a lot of admiration worldwide. Shaped like a circle, the building has a rooftop boardwalk where children can round around – which most of them often do. There are trees that kids can climb with nets providing ample protection for falls. Another striking feature is the kindergarten’s classrooms that have no doors.
Kensington International Kindergarten, Bangkok, Thailand
Located in Bangkok, Thailand’s Kensington International Kindergarten was built with imagination and creativity in mind. It has curved walls that are a departure to the usual box-type lines of regular classrooms. Its design also makes use of green space for learning where children indoors can easily see the natural environment outside.
Kindergarten Kekec, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Kindergarten Kekec has exterior panels that children can turn to change the façade’s colors. This makes the building itself a tool for play where kids can have fun changing the color of their building anytime they want to.
Kindergarten Wolfartsweier, Karlsruhe, Germany
Kindergarten Wolfartsweier is found in the country that gave the word kindergarten to the world. The fanciful and playful looking building is shaped like a cat. And the feline-looking structure sports a tail that can also be used as a slide.