NAFA Arts Preschool is located in the heart of Singapore arts and design district. In this multi-cultural country which mainly consists of Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians, contributes to the multi-racial society that lives together in harmony. Therefore it is important for the children of the nation to be educated of this virtue to respect all races and religions.
The pre-school has abolished the traditional built environment that uses multi-colors and fanciful graphics to portray the impression of a pre-school. Instead the design of NAFA Arts Preschool, emphasizes on connecting the spaces to facilitate play, learn, collaborate and interact with each other which are crucial life skills in the growing up phase. The design has to fulfil the strict regulations from the Singapore government, however still maintaining its design integrity.
“The spatial design should not be another urban concrete jungle and should provide a conducive environment for the children to be nurtured.”
新加坡SODA设计事务所（spirit of design analogy pte ltd）一边听取了学校方面的想法，一边以孩子成长中的心理和教育需求为考量。最终决定在城市的环境中打造一间“儿童的避风港”。
SODA translate the project brief given by the Client and set out a design direction that inspired to be An Urban Children’s Sanctuary which is conceived as a cottage in the urban setting.
The built environment is designed to invoke the sense of inquisitiveness by dissolving the typical classroom walls into porous boundaries, therefore it naturally creates opportunities of interplay and interactions amongst preschoolers.
Part of the ceiling design at the main dining hall is designed in latticed effect to cater for air-conditioning ventilation. In addition, specially designed LED light fittings are designed to blend with the pitched ceiling to illuminate the dining hall without direct glare.
The form of a pitched roof is used consistently throughout the spatial design to evoke the impression of a sanctuary which the children will feel safe and protected because It is important for the children to feel secured in order to improve their learning process.
Singapore is a multi-racial society and in order to encourage more communication amongst the preschoolers, nooks spaces are purposefully designed in between the walls of every classroom for the children to move around freely. This connectivity in design naturally encourages more participatory activities and interactions among the various races of children.
Glass panels are used as part of the walls and doors facilitates the teachers to watch over the children easily. At the same time, the walls are designed as storage spaces with partial glass panels that allows the children to be able to view activities in other classrooms and improve their familiarity of the spaces.
Raised floor platforms are designed as storage spaces for sleeping cots and created an opportunity for a cozy play area.
The design challenges the typical classroom walls by dissolving into porous cabinets.
The Music Studio is designed with hexagonal-shaped acoustic panels and glass inserts to further echo the ideology of porous boundaries.
Both the Music Studio and Dance Studio are designed to allow more visual penetration from other classrooms as well.
项目名称：新加坡南洋艺术学前教育学院 NAFA ARTS PRESCHOOL
项目地址： 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
设计公司：新加坡SODA设计事务所Spirit Of Design Analogy Pte Ltd
摄影: k studio