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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Vanke Early Learning Center in Qingdao, China by dot Architects

 
February 21st, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: dot Architects

dot Architects has designed a new early learning centre for Chinese developer Vanke.

The project locates in Qingdao, China. The early learning centre is on the third floor of a former sales gallery.

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

  • Architects: dot Architects
  • Project: Vanke Early Learning Center
  • Location: Qingdao, China
  • Photography: Wu Qingshan
  • Client: Vanke
  • Lead Architects: Duo Ning
  • Team: Hu Xingzhu, Sun Qingfeng, Deng Tingfang, Liao Zhaocong
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 600 square meters
  • Completion Year: 2017

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

As the main users of the educational place will be preschool children, we are looking for something between a classroom and a playroom. Taking their active lifestyles and level of cognition into consideration, the design strategy focuses on creating an open and colourful space.

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

Although it is still a hypothesis, that social interaction and unstructured play are vital for children’s development.  An open space is required for such activities to happen. A stage is defined as the reading zone instead of a library room. It can be used for free play during classes or as a theatre stage for special events.

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

We designed a scaled down children friendly house on top of the stage. The house is enclosed of wooden boxes which can be used to display books, plants or other exhibits. Children can sit and read anywhere, beside the table or on the stairs.

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

In order to create continuity in the space and to prevent a potential collision, the plan layout is defined with smooth curves.

Two oval shaped skylights are introduced into the space to bring in the natural light, as the south facing windows are occupied by classrooms.

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

Classrooms are categorized under different climate regions. Each region is represented with a theme colour and its signature animals. It is a more efficient way for preschoolers to identify the classrooms than usual numbering system.

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

The interior of the classrooms use the same colour with a lighter shade. The furniture also has some coloured panels to make it more vivid.

As the budget for facade renovation is limited, the original curtain wall is remained with some panels replaced by the coloured ones. The entrance to the learning centre is defined by an illuminated logo.

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

In designing spaces for children, we prefer abstract geometry and simple visual language. We believe that children’s imaginations are more complex than any designed forms. It is better to design less to create a more imaginative space.

Image Courtesy © Wu Qingshan

Image Courtesy © dot Architects

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Categories: Building, Educational Center, Event space, Learning Studio, Library

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