Lingbao City is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Sanmenxia City, Henan Province. This was a building renovation project located in a community in the north of Lingbao. Later, it became a child growth and development center of the area. Before transformation, the original building was of low quality, with cramped space, and an unfinished office building was on the opposite to its south side. And the construction period for the project was tight. What’s more, this was the first time for a well-known Chinese preschool education institution to develop the county-level city market, so the conservative expectations of the local market led the start-up capital relatively limited. Under such conditions and circumstances, we still hoped to build a small white world different from the whole community, a clean and real space where children can concentrate on playing and cognition, exploring and thinking, so as to obtain true feelings and happiness.
▼教育中心鸟瞰图，是一座没有围墙的乐园，bird-eye’s view of the children’s center that is a paradise without walls ©Commune One
▼教育中心鸟瞰图，场地与建筑互为延展，bird-eye’s view of the children’s center, the outdoor playground and the architecture are ultimately extended and integrated with each other ©Commune One
Removing the decorations and all the extra vertical lines on the L-shaped corridor, getting rid of the original shape, we cleaned the external facade of the original building as much as possible to make the building concise and stretching. At the same time, with five sets of slides leaning out of the facade, the outdoor space of each floor are connected, and children’s activity paths became undulating and has a happy flow. Pitching in from the outside to the inside, walls with high saturation color were used locally, which not only leapingly while continuously established the stereoscopic sense of the deep white space, but also guided the transformation order of the functional space. The feeling of purity was intended by us to be spread to the outdoor playground, eliminating the boundary between the internal building and the external space, which two parts ultimately extended and integrated with each other.
▼通透与纯净从建筑蔓延到场地，transparency and purity extend from the building to the site ©Commune One
▼建筑上的滑梯与场地上的小丘产生了快乐的起伏，the slides on the building and the hillocks on the playground create happy undulations ©Commune One
▼内部的儿童活动场所，有别于社区的洁白小世界，the inside is a children’s playground that is a small white world different from the whole community ©Commune One
▼简洁多层次的室内外空间，局部运用高饱和度色彩的墙体，由外向内切入，营造立体感，concise and multi-level indoor and outdoor space, walls with high saturation color are used locally from outside to inside, creating the stereoscopic sense of the deep white space ©Commune One
▼将场地周边诸多地块还给了社区，many plots around the site are returned to the community ©Commune One
▼临界面的褶皱产生了新的社区公共空间，the folding of the limit gives rise to new public spaces of the community ©Commune One
At this point, even though the entire site and community had been clearly defined, but the site was separated from the community, like floating above the skin of the later one. This was not yet what we’ve expected. Our vision is an urban space where children and the community learn from each other. And the fence at the edge of the site became the interrelated critical surface. Accordingly, we gave up many large and small plots around the site and returned it to the community as its public space; and this made the walls thick to form a middle zone between the growth and development center and the outer city. In the spaces outside provided by the roundabout fence walls, the community will furnish with rest seats and sports equipment, and plant trees. Hence people can get closer to the internal playground and be surrounded and infected by the activities of the children. They can talk to the children and feel the purity in the eyes of children. At the same time, children can curiously watching the elderly in the outside playing chess and learn the skills, get used to normal greetings and exchanges with strangers, and even observe the small crafts and business practices of vendors who occasionally set up stalls outside.
▼内部是儿童乐园，外部是社区公园，inside is a children’s playground and outside is a community park ©Commune One
▼边界塑造了活动场地，the boundary forms the different activity field ©Commune One
The curved fence walls also influenced the developing of the interior activity spaces. In this way, layer by layer, from the outer city, the middle zone, the tortuous boundary, various types of internal venues, the outdoor platforms between the building and the playground, the outer porch, the front hall of each outdoor activity venue to the various indoor activities and functional spaces, a multi-dimensional experience is set for the children to perceive when crossing through the spaces and grow up in exchanges. Correspondingly, this child growth and development center is like a new form of park, organically embedded into the community, injecting new vitality into the community.
▼门厅的迷宫整合了错综的结构，利用包裹结构的阳光板墙体的厚度开拓多重活动空间，the labyrinth of the hall integrates intricate structures, utilizing the thickness of the wall of the polycarbonate hollow sheet that wraps the structure to develop multiple activity space ©Commune One
▼足够尺度的活动室前室保证儿童的活动不受天气影响，adequate size of the front room to ensure that children’s activities are not affected by the weather ©Commune One
▼彩色墙体建立了白色空间深处的立体感，the color walls establish the stereoscopic sense of the deep white space ©Commune One
▼各色墙体引导功能空间的秩序转换，the color walls also guided the transformation order of the functional space ©Commune One
▼内部活动空间，the interior activity space ©Commune One
▼多功能厅，the multi-function hall ©Commune One
▼楼梯间，the staircase ©Commune One
After opening to the public, the child growth and development center has been gradually referred to as “paradise without walls” by local people. Residents of the community are attracted to bring their children to play here; the rudimentary municipal road on the south side of the site raised concern, which has been put on the agenda and will be repaired as soon as possible; the office building opposite has been negotiated by some people to buy and complete its construction; last but not the least, residential housing prices in surrounding communities have also increased by 10% in just a few months. This park embedded in the community is gradually affecting and improving the whole community.
▼嵌入社区的公园，a park embedded into community ©Commune One
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan ©unarchitecte
▼二层平面图（左），三层平面图（右），first floor plan (left), second floor plan (right) ©unarchitecte
▼剖立面图，elevation section ©unarchitecte
roject Name: Lingbao Children’s Center
Completion Year: 2020
Gross Built Area: 11235.06sqm (Building Renovation 7139.58sqm, Outdoor activity area 4095.48sqm)
Address: Lingbao City，Henan Province，China
Photographer: Commune One
Architect in Charge: Zhang Hetian
Design Team: Zhang Hetian, Fan Yonggang, XuXuan, Wang Jinhua, Liu Qi, Zhang Jinxian, Meng Xiangtao, Zhang Yulong, Li Bin, Wang Shuang, Sun Jihua, Liu Jing
Clients: Yangguangyulu Group
Construction Company: Jiangsu Xuanheng Construction Intelligentized Engineering Co., Ltd etc.