Rainbow Panels Transform Kindergarten Into a Kaleidoscope of Color

Interior of Rainbow Kindergarten in China

For some preschoolers in China, learning got a bit more fun thanks to their colorful new kindergarten. Japanese architect Keiichiro Sako created a kaleidoscope within the school by placing 483 glass inserts in rainbow hues throughout the space. Now, as light shines through, color bounces through the minimalist, white space.

“The shades of colors can grow and shrink as the colors overlap and become different, or move from a vertical plane to a horizontal plane and then to a vertical plane,” Sako says. “It's like a kaleidoscope, where the entire space is constantly changing.”

The kaleidoscope of colors extends beyond the glass, as Sako's architecture firm also incorporates the colors on the doors and handrails. The rainbow also spills outdoors into a grassy play area, where colorful round inserts help the children gaze out into the city.

By keeping the interior clean and minimal, Sako allows the colors to pop. Each insert brings a burst of energy into the space. “I hope that children's creativity will be nurtured by spending their childhood in this beautiful light,” Sako shares.

There is also significance to the rest of the building’s architecture and design. Located in Tianshui, a city of 3.5 million in China's Gansu Province, the building's rounded glass pieces are a nod to the city's location on the Loess Plateau, which was an early cradle of Chinese civilization. Just as the plateau fostered a developing China, the school will foster the young minds who will lead the next generation.

Architects brightened this kindergarten in China using 483 colorful glass inserts.
Rainbow Kindergarten by SAKO Architects

Interior of Rainbow Kindergarten in China Interior of Rainbow Kindergarten in China Small Children in Front of Multicolored Window

The panels create a kaleidoscope of color in the otherwise minimal interior.

Interior of Rainbow Kindergarten in China Skylight at Rainbow Kindergarten in China Kids Opening the Door at Rainbow Kindergarten Kids at Play Area Building with Multicolor Windows in China Rainbow Kindergarten at Night

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All images via SAKO Architects.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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