Creche Ropponmatsu, a kindergarten behind a rainbow.


Creche Ropponmatsu, is a children nursery up to the age of five. It is located in a residential neighborhood of Fukuoka City, in Japan and has been designed by the architecture studio Emmanuelle Moureaux.
creche-ropponmatsu-guarderia-kindergarten-more-with-less-design-magazine-1Creche Ropponmatsu, is not just a simple architecture project.  It is conceived and designed as an integral concept. The exterior, interior and all the graphics and signs have been created by the studio itself.
creche-ropponmatsu-guarderia-kindergarten-more-with-less-design-magazine-3Behind the colorful main facade, this kindergarten houses almost 90 children. The building is distributed on three floors and a terrace. Each floor is marked with a color, like a tree that is changing from the root to the crown and orienting its small users.

Creche Ropponmatsu is designed for children to use space through color.

The colors in Creche Ropponmatsu have a sense also in the interior of the building. The children have one of the 200 colored boxes, in which they leave their belongings and take them at the beginning and the end of the day. In the same way, they also keep their tools there.
creche-ropponmatsu-guarderia-kindergarten-more-with-less-design-magazine-5The “branches” of the 22 colors that generate this tree. In addition to awakening the creativity of children, they also function as sunshades, illuminating and protecting the colorful building interior.
creche-ropponmatsu-guarderia-kindergarten-more-with-less-design-magazine-6In order to enhance and highlight the use of color as a guide for the user, the entire interior is designed in a clear wood tone and in white. Providing a perfect background for the project.
The Crepe Ropponmatsu logo is inspired by these colorful trees, and they are also worn on uniforms and on the school bus. A way of identifying and referencing.
creche-ropponmatsu-guarderia-kindergarten-more-with-less-design-magazine-8The main idea of the Ropponmatsu Creche project is that through an integral design ruled by color, there is a language of its own and at the same time it develops a communication code in common. It seeks that each child develops their own space and personality, through the sensitivity of the color around them.

Photos by Daisuke Shima.