CIFI Donut Kindergarten

Landscape Planning Design Award Winner.
Awarded Silver for Good Landscape Planning and Garden Design.

CIFI Donut Kindergarten
by Sun Hu

  • Awarded April 15, 2020
  • CLIENT: Guangzhou S.P.I Design Co., LTD
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CIFI Donut Kindergarten is attachedto a residential community. In order to create a preschool education activity place integrating practicability and beauty, it tries to combine the sales space with the education space. Through the ring structure linking the three-dimensional spaces, the building and landscape are harmoniously integrated, forming an activity place full of fun and educational significance.

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Sun Hu

Designer of CIFI Donut Kindergarten


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Interview with Sun Hu on CIFI Donut Kindergarten

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
The main principle is the attention to human demand and individual destiny in the process of urbanization. Our design idea is ‘looking for the lost children's interest and childhood perspective’, to create a playful and educational site with children's positive growth, to help build children`s colorful mental space and psychological development. Inspired by the childhood perspective that is often used by the famous director - Kosturica, the design is to use the concept of childhood perspective to lead children into the air, creating many scenes beyond the daily.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
The main concern is the nature of children's education. Landscape architecture has its educational and social significance. To educate kindergarten children into a positive group that meets the standards of the world's citizens, more active and healthy outdoor spaces and places of enlightenment should be created.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
I hope that the place is dynamic, if the kindergarten has positive potential chemical changes during the long-term use, child will benefit from this time segment, that is what we want to achieve most, we will maintain continuous attention and research on this topic.
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
In China, we always deal with the balance between the development demand and the design itself in a very short time, and the concept is generated to the initial design completion in one month.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
The client didn't interfere with the concept. They just asked for a kindergarten with some local influence. In China, most of the kindergarten space is relatively limited and not positive enough, we hope that this can be the beginning of children's dream memories in their life, and they will be more creative and mentally free in such environment.
Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
The scheme will be built by the developer and provided to the local educational department for further use.
What made you design this particular type of work?
This is probably because I am a father, and the education of my children is an important part of my daily thinking, this identity contributes a lot to sensitivity on the project.
Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
The continuous spatial organization from the atrium to the roof wilderness of Lisbon Music School has influenced me in a certain extent.
Who is the target customer for his design?
I think the target users are children and teachers here, not developers.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
In particular, the soul of the project is driven by the formation of landscape design and contributes to a complete system of spatial experience from the ground to the roof, as well as the output practice in the concept of children's education.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
We want to return to the interesting and natural childhood scenes of the past era, which is called sweet rejuvenation, and the building itself looks like a donut, so we call it ‘the donut kindergarten’.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
The landscape makes the building itself a huge toy, children can run from the ground to the roof, feeling the magic of the space. Break the traditional single narrow ground space and goes into a three-dimensional space experience system, I think this is the most unique point in the design.
Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
In the process, we worked with different technical industries. For example, we had collaboration with children's equipment manufacturers to complete the children`s slide, and worked together with ornamental grass suppliers to complete the cognitive rooftop garden.
What is the role of technology in this particular design?
Many spaces require complex structural support, such as the design of the flying bridge and the aesthetic and functional balance of the children`s slide. Nowadays, many unique design performances are increasingly dependent on the support of structural technologies.
Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
The most advanced design is research, to fully understand the needs of children's education. Design is not only creating beauty and function, but also a rigorous application technology. The contents of our survey include: the lower limit of functional space demand of kindergarten, the statistics of traditional curriculum design and outdoor activities, the essential cognition of parents and schools education, the most memorable childhood scenes and so on. These basic data are the original logic of the design.
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
Under the condition of short construction cycle and less developed construction technology, it is necessary to fully coordinate the professional relations and field problems, and sometimes more appropriate field technologies are needed to achieve the goal.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
I think as a developing country, landscape architecture in China should be fully linked to sociological relations, and should also present our efforts in public space to the world.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
My strongest feeling is that the project seems to be a space design, but in fact, it contains more profound social significance. Focusing on inner needs, perceptive discovery and attention is the core relationship that we have to deal with in any project.
Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
In fact, there are many other good design in China, hoping that the wishes of each project can be conveyed and widely recognized.

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