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[Photos] In Ben Tre, a Kindergarten of the Future

Who says schools have to be stodgy concrete blocks?

The new TCC Elite kindergarten in Ben Tre features nautilus-like staircases awash in natural light and open areas to allow children to explore and experience nature. Built on a small hill in the flat Mekong region, the elevated portion of the school allows a view of the entire city. An open multi-purpose room brings students together while inviting cool breezes from the Cuu Long River.

The Saigon-based architects KIENTRUC O wanted the campus to connect with local residents and thus created an "open plan clearly delineated by horizontal planes in its section to infuse the architecture into a larger ecological context." Grass covered upper-level terraces and wide walkways allow neighbors and passersby to watch children play.

Take a look at the structure below: 

[Photos by Hiroyuki Oki via ArchDaily]

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