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The Clover House

Magazine Architecture | 09 Nov 2016

School as a Second Home

 

One of the main principles of the work philosophy at MAD office is to create a balance between humanity, the city and the environment. Therefore, it is not strange that the first project in Japan, of what is considered one of the most promising architecture studios, ties together the history of the space and the people who will live in it.
The Kentaro brothers and Tamaki Nara, educators at the Clover International School, who see the School as a second home, wanted to literally implement this teaching philosophy, so they invited MAD offices to transform the family home into a kindergarten school, this way expanding its educational goals. The project resulted in a modern institution, thought from a child´s point of view, where the smallest of children can feel comfortable and learn in a stimulating environment which promotes creativity.
Located in a small city in Okazaki, in the Aichi province, the school specializes in teaching English and Chinese to children at an early age. Transformation began with a profound investigation of the existing structure of an area covering 105 square meters. Just like the neighbouring housing, it was also built using prefabricated structures. In its reconstruction, MAD had in mind control of costs during production and decided to recycle the wooden structure which became present throughout the main area of learning, as a symbolic memory of the history of Clover House.
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Text: Cátia Fernandes
Photos: Fuji Koji, Dan Honda

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