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Hufton + Crow films MAD's playground-topped kindergarten in Beijing

Architectural photographer Hufton + Crow has created a video of MAD's YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten in Beijing, which incorporates a group of 18th-century buildings and is topped with a red playground.

Titled Hufton + Crow's Day at YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten, the short film combines shots of the kindergarten with an interview with Allan Crow – one half of the photographic partnership Hufton + Crow.

The video shows the recently completed kindergarten building that combines a historic courtyard building that dates from 1725 with a modern, MAD-designed structure.

MAD's building wraps around the 18th-century buildings and is topped by a red playground. According to Crow, the project is typical of the studios's approach to architecture.

"The things that I'm impressed by, is the boldness of them – the ambition – it's not safe and easy architecture," he said. "It is trying to sort of push the boundaries a little bit."

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