Lovell International School
ARCHITECT AND INTERIOR DESIGNER
ARCHITECT AND LANDSCAPE
Adul Kitimongkolporn, Sarawoot Charoensuthikul
Brilltile, Duragres, Fórmica, Shera
Pattaya City, Thailand
Lovell International School, an international kindergarten in Pattaya, Thailand, is where children can play and learn among the trees.
The existing trees on the site are aged mature trees, with the owner and designer’s main intention to keep most of them for the new school.
The layout design schematic started with the option of planning with space and shape that brings up the potential of the trees on the site and creates a most interesting atmosphere.
The tree house concept matches the design where the little house pops up amidst the forest. The free flow curve building shape avoids the existing trees and provides the court, separating zoning to match learning age.
Having its own court for each wing, together with outdoor learning space behind the classroom, the building is surrounded by greens.
The building's ground floor is separated mainly into three wings: the under-3 years children wing, the kindergarten wing, and the admission wing.
The indoor play space in front of each class is linked, which can be used for many occasions, such as during the PM2.5 situation or extreme weather like heavy rain and excessive sunlight due to the tropical climate.
On the upper floor, the tree house pops up for each individual function: the cooking class, art class, and soft gym, together with the multipurpose hall.
The space under the gable roof provides spacious space in which many play frames are added to create various play spaces such as hideout spaces, play structure spaces, or adventure spaces.
The school's interior provides a cozy wooden atmosphere to harmonize the mood of a little-house-in-the-big-wood feeling to all of the hall and indoor play space, while in the classroom, the white color is used for pleasant brightness for learning.
The landscape area is separated into many zones in which the characteristics of each court are based on the existing trees.
Those include the play area for children under three years old and over three years old, while the back of the classroom also links with the green space for learning about agriculture and waste recycling.
The water play area provides a swimming and splash pool where little kids can play and enjoy many activities. The court with the densest trees is designed to be a forest-like play area for adventurous activities.