While most, if not all preschools discourage kids from playing in the rain, Japan has one innovative institution that does the opposite. It lets children be themselves as they play and splash in a giant puddle accumulating in the school’s courtyard.
Located in Kumamoto City, the Dai-Ichi Yochien building was made to allow ‘leaking’ indoors. ‘The courtyard of the school is designed to accumulate rain water so that after a heavy downpour there is a gigantic, pool-like puddle just waiting for the kids to come out and play’, said Taku Hibino, lead architect at design firm Hibino Sekkei.
The courtyard was also built to serve as sports area during summer and a skating rink during winter. This way, the kids will be able to enjoy their childhood, no matter the weather forecast.
Via Spoon Tamago