An Urban Children’s Sanctuary
Located in Singapore’s Arts and Heritage district, NAFA Arts Preschool (formerly NAFA Arts Kindergarten) is the first arts-themed preschool in Singapore. Its curriculum aims to inspire learning and growth through the arts to develop aesthetic abilities, academic achievements and social emotional skills. The school has a spatial arrangement that allows for uninterrupted visual connections throughout, where lessons are conducted for the arts, music, dance, speech and drama, as well as urban farming.
The preschool is designed to invoke inquisitiveness in children by dissolving the typical classroom walls into porous boundaries, therefore creating opportunities of interplay and interaction amongst pre-schoolers. This also allows teachers to monitor the children’s activities. Instead of constructing full-height partition walls, cabinets were built to demarcate the classrooms and serve as storage spaces for both pre-schoolers and teachers. Harvesting natural lighting for each classroom was also one of the key considerations during the spatial design process.
Project Name: NAFA Arts Preschool
Location: 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore
Completion Date: October 2018
Site Area: 1,200 square metres
Owner/Client/Developer: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
Interior Design Firm: SODA (Spirit of Design Analogy Pte Ltd)
Principal Designer: Tung Ching Yew
Civil & Structural Engineer: Davoe Creative Pte Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Davoe Creative Pte Ltd
Main Contractor: Davoe Creative Pte Ltd
Interior Fit-Out Contractor: Davoe Creative Pte Ltd
Images: SODA (Spirit of Design Analogy Pte Ltd)