MAD Architects completes YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten

MAD Architects has completed the YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten in Beijing as a part of a commission in 2017. The project site, covering an area of 9,275 square meters, consisted of an original 18th-century Siheyuan courtyard, an adjacent replica courtyard built in the 1990s, and a four-story modern building. Following its completion at the end of 2019, the kindergarten now serves as a pre-school for 390 children. 

“When I looked back at my own kindergarten years, and even the ones I saw after I grew up, I always wondered what it is that kids long for the most,” said Ma Yansong in a statement. “Perhaps it is freedom and love. A kindergarten doesn’t always have to offer complex hardware or fixtures, but it must always make kids feel freedom and love – something that leads them to endless possibilities.”

As part of the design, MAD chose to remove the replica courtyard outside the 19th-century original and replace it with a new space that envelops the Siheyuan courtyard. This new buil…

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