Children’s minds are not limited to Hello Kitty and Peppa Pig.
HPKidSpace, the interior project designed by SpActrum, went into operation in mid-2019. Since the project was proposed as a new concept children’s amusement park, the design team tried to look beyond the stylized environment and rigid boundaries of what adults think would normally be found in the children’s world. The vision was to create an ideal place for children to resonate with the universe and a memorable place for kids to run and also rest, and through a series of geometric forms to generate some very playable physical and perceptional experiences for children. In today’s China, the material lives of children have made significant advances when compared with the 1980s and 1990s. However, overwhelming urbanization and the busy work schedules of parents have significantly reduced the opportunities for children to interact with nature in their living spaces. Consequently, various commercial preschool centres and amusement centres in shopping malls have become central places for children’s activities and also parent-child interactions, due to their high accessibility and controllability. As marketization deepens branding, various IPs（Intellectual Properties）and their derivative images become the dominating brands for children’s lives, as envisaged by adults. SpActrum believes that this is a conspiracy of capitalism, rather than fulfilling the essential needs of children. On the one hand, there is the lack of a sense of physicality, caused by the absence of natural education; on the other hand, there are many mental constrains for children, generated by the cartoon characters and images. Children should not live in a dream world created by adults. Instead, they should be offered a place of free development, where their complex endogenous physiological and psychological needs are met. Moreover, these places should also challenge their senses and bodies. Through their interaction with the site, they can grow and move forward to a broader external world.
▼接待台&亲子餐厅，Reception & Family Theme Restaurant
▼山体活动区钢构架轴测图，mountain zone structure axon
After gaining the full understanding and agreement of the client, SpActrum started to explore the design language. The work during this period temporarily put aside issues of function and style, with more focus on the essential form. The form should reflect the origins of the cosmos, a strong sense of infinity and intimate interactions with the human body. The universe is boundless. Even at the speed of light, it would look static on such a vast scale. The universe is immense. Bigger than a nuclear explosion, hundreds of millions of starbursts are only a few almost invisible dots in space. Both high-speed and high-energy are the prevailing conditions, but the whole universe seems to still the movements, being static, silent and terrifying. The silence is the vast mystery of the universe. It is far from indescribable endlessness. What we wanted to express is the extreme speed of movement hidden in the stillness, and the shapes created by the crazy dragging movements of gravity. So we gave up seemingly dynamic and rapid curved surfaces, and returned to basic geometry — the primitive circle and sphere. Curved surfaces surround us and protect us. Through multidirectional torsion, stacking and displacement, the plane evolves into a series of walkable slopes, inspiring children to climb and conquer in order to acquire and preserve some memories of the earth through the terrain.
▼平面经过多向度的扭转、堆叠和位移，演化成一系列可以行走的斜面，激励我们去攀爬和征服，through multidirectional torsion, stacking and displacement, the plane evolves into a series of walkable slopes, inspiring children to climb and conquer
▼宇宙活动区结构轴测图，cosmos zone structure axon
The transformation between shapes is another focus of this design. Unless the geometry of the transfer surface is specifically defined by programming, the fillet command will connect the two adjacent faces by a face composed of circular arcs. With the adjustment of the fillet radius, the relationship between the radius and the distance between the two surfaces, and the categories of the two surfaces themselves, this seemingly simple overlapping relationship can bring about several changes in form and create a different psychological experience. They can be connected smoothly or sharply, and sometimes they can be fat and loose. They can form a sizeable continuous interface, but are also separate and can cut across the original stable, basic geometry. In this way, these simple shapes reveal their complexity and richness through a series of operations. They form a nearly closed semicircle, but also floating, interlaced curved surface segments.
▼从宇宙活动区看山体活动区，view from the cosmos zone to the mountain zone
▼曲面包围保护着我们，curved surfaces surround us and protect us
▼曲面包裹的阶梯座椅，terraced seating area inside the sphere
▼漂浮、交错的曲面片段，floating and interlaced curved surface segments.
The basic construction of the space is divided into two parts, the “cosmos zone” that evolved from the spheres and the “mountain zone”, which consists of the slopes. The “cosmos zone” is wrapped in GRG and is internally supported by a skeletal system comprised of orthogonal grid steel frame; the “mountain zone” is also supported by a steel frame. The design team participated in furthering the design of the grid support system within the “cosmos zone”. The collaboration with GRG, the manufacturer, helped to develop the method of construction by steel plates and also a grooving system to complete the insertions. At the same time, a complex coding system was applied to the steel pieces to indicate the position of each steel plate in the whole system. The final achievement was a set of laser cutting diagrams. The production model file and the CAD file were edited in two layers, the cutting layer and the laser layer. The coding system was directly etched on to the corresponding steel plates by a low-energy laser, which was a great convenience for on-site construction. The difficulty of construction mainly arose from the broken and split shapes after the fillet operation. The huge orbit belts ‘fly’ in the air, which means that the weight of the exterior cover is wholly supported by the suspended skeleton. The necessary hanging ribs provide auxiliary support and stability in the large spans. A set of digital-control drawings of the colourful ground paving is also mapped by 3D computer design, to ensure the accuracy of installation.
▼巨大的飘带在空中飞舞，the huge orbit belts ‘fly’ in the air
▼其外表皮的重量完全由不落地的骨架支撑，the exterior cover is wholly supported by the suspended skeleton
In the second decade of the 21st century, it is typical for most Chinese children to spend a lot of time in shopping malls. The disappearance of urban natural spaces, brought about by consumerism and urbanization, isolates children from nature. This project attempts to give children a chance to reconnect with nature. They can enter the hall, run on the hillside and pass through the caves, exploring the different depths. Some caves are connected, and children can climb up and down through them. By observing children’s behaviour, we find that for children a lot of fun comes from just simple bodily actions; nothing complex is required. Just letting them run, climb, jump up and down will give them a huge amount of fun！The rear space of the site is arranged for older children. According to the different sizes of the enclosed sphere areas surrounded by the cutting sphere, these could become different spaces. It could have a projecting wall, or a small theatre with wooden circle seats and steps, or an inverted bowl shape space, which would be an excellent place for a children’s theme party.
项目设计 & 完成年份：2018.4.-2019.5.
团队：劳安然、范瑞雪、陈俊友、许一乐、王亚楠、陈珺仪、Milos Bojinovic、 陈浩