Earthquake-proof Japanese kindergarten is made from shipping containers

Japanese designers Hibino Sekkei and Youji no Shiro have created an earthquake-resistant kindergarten made from shipping containers in Saitama Prefecture, to the north of Tokyo.

The school was built on the site of a 50 year-old-structure, parts of which have been incorporated into the new building alongside the structurally reinforced containers.

The use of stacked containers is cheaper than traditional construction and cuts development time. They can also be retrofitted into existing structures.

The rooms in the OA Kindergarten are lined with timber and are based around a central courtyard containing a single tree.

Hibino Sekkei and Youji no Shiro, who specialise in school design, hope the project will encourage students to appreciate and be inspired by the natural world.

The largest space in the schools is the 364 square metre hall, which can host multiple events such as gym classes and performances.

Images via Studio bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue

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