Bintaro Jaya is one of the many suburban areas of Jakarta, Indonesia that is constantly growing. As one of the highly congested real estate development, there is a high demand for educational facilities. Many kindergartens and pre-schools are built in residential areas, appearing in even the smallest neighborhood units.
In this kindergarten, rooms had been added to the original structure, taking up almost the whole site, making it impossible for natural light and air to enter the school. Among other problems, the main street in front of the school became a busy street that created noise and air pollution. The floor-to floor height was reduced to 3 meters. It was used local materials such as hollow bricks and ceramic tiles, arranged in different patterns. Reclaimed wood are used for doors, wooden decks, and furniture. Small courtyards with lawns are inserted into the site to create sound barriers, bring natural light inside, help cross ventilation, and increase the water catchment area. Doors can slide open to join 2 or 3 spaces together, allowing the school to hold the students performances, graduation ceremonies, etc, to accommodate a large group of people. A group of small fruit trees are planted in pots on the roof, an element to educate the city children who mostly have seen the fruits, but never the trees. View more info here: archdaily.com