SANSUI DAY NURSERY
TAKEO KAMIYA, Architect
This is an in-company day nursery for the part-time women laborers, who are working at the nearby small factory. Since the first floor of the two-storied building is occupied by products storage, the day nursery on the second floor is a minimum sized one of only 66 square meters. In order to compensate that narrowness, I designed the nursery room as a high ceiling vaulted hall, in which giant furniture would be able to be arranged in the future and prepared a wooden slat-floored terrace in front to extend the playing space. This is the roof of a carport and the slat-floor is not counted in the statutory limited floor area.
DATA ; Two-story reinforced concrete building / Location : Nishi-Magome, Ohta-ku, Tokyo / Design : Takeo Kamiya architect and associates, July - October 1980 / Structural design : Yasukatsu Asada / Mechanical design : Toru Watanabe / Electrical design : Tsugio Igami / Furniture : Suruga isho / Windmill : Shinken Kodama / Construction : Shioda Construction, October 1980 - March 1981 / Site aria : 140 square meters / Total floor aria : 136 square meters
In-company day nurseries are increasing for the purpose of maintaining women labor and a steady work place. This building was planned as a typical one of those facilities. The first floor is for the storage of products of a metal processing company and the second floor is a very small nursery taking care of four sucklings and ten toddlers.
Using the legally limited floor area of 66 square meters to maximum efficiency, I made the flight of stairs to the second floor outside, which connects to the neighboring children’s park. At the top of the stairs was made a wooden slat-floored terrace in front of the nursery room to expand the children’s activities.