Hsin Yi Kids Learning Center
The primary inspiration of Hsin Yi Kids Learning Center is to create an atmosphere for kids to be close to nature since the majority of children, who come to learn in this space, live in Taipei city, the metropolitan area of Taiwan. Children can freely play and learn by seeing and touching all the surface of space.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The design is intended to emphasize the texture of natural material as well as its feeling to provide children, whose age in between 1 to 6 years old, a comfortable and relaxing environment to play. The main focus of this learning center is the main tree, made with wood and paper, with a market-play area underneath. The wood panels cover large concrete column and host CNC cut honeycomb section cardboard sheet for branches and leafs.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
All children are free to play any area of this learning center. They can role play, read books, do some puzzles and play slides. The most important aspect of this institute is to provide kids to be interested in their sense of touching and feeling, which usually they are trained in normal kindergarten education system in Taiwan.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Design Period: 2014 December to 2015 May
Construction Period: 2015 June to 2016 March
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
While the most of components in the space are handcrafted by high skilled carpenters, CNC fabrication technology is applied to fabricate the main tree, which serves as focal point of the design. The 8 mm honeycomb cardboard is selected as CNC medium to operate very delicate digital fabrication.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
85 square meter interior space with 3.7 meter ceiling height
Kid, Design, Taipei, Taiwan
Hsin Yi Kids Learning Center is a key project to experience how children can react to our design solution in terms of furniture and space scale. This is also our ongoing research topic to elevate design quality for children related architecture, interior and furniture.
In order to execute most child friendly space, every details of components were considered carefully. The material selection research for this center is critical for children to not have any interaction with hazardous chemical materials in construction components.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Daisuke Nagatomo and Minnie Jan
All Photos: Daisuke Nagatomo