For eyes that could see into it [child’s body] there would be revealed whole worlds half buried in the darkness, nebulaetaking shape, a universe in the making. His being is limitless. He is allthat there is…. —-Romain Rolland
The main topic of the project is to give different configurations according to different realms in spaces. The varieties of spatial typology provide children with experiential guidance to explore boundaries between public and private spaces. During the process of moving through spaces with various qualities, the Introvert and extrovert tendencies of children are well reflected in their behaviors. In the experimental children reading space project, we are aiming to create a cozy and amicable places for children to read and play, a place that inspires their imagination and creativity.
▼ 流线型的开放阅读区， ‘Streamlined’ public reading area
After careful researches on various existing cases, we found that the traditional way of children space design, with its flamboyant decoration, superficial embellishment and excessive use of meaningless figures, has lost its attractiveness. Hence we choose to make the project different by concentrate on the shape of the space itself: it’s an attempt to turn the space itself into a giant toy, in which children can freely explore, discover and create their own lively experience.
▼ 从泡泡生成平面，plan generated from bubbles
The configuration of spaces follows an idea inspired by the game of blowing bubbles: several spaces are arranged according to their scales and functions before recombined and attached like bubbles. Since spaces with different functions communicate and fusion with each other, a multitude of spatial forms and hierarchies are created, in which openness and independence, public and private, interior and exterior are overlapped and interconnected in a creative and pleasant way.
▼概念分析-开放与独立、共享与私密、室内与室外的不同空间体验，Conceptual Analysis, Heterogeneous Spaces : Openness and independence, Public and Private, Interior and Exterior
▼开放阅读区，阶梯高低错落，中心书架可做为座椅，Public reading area, stairs with varying heights and the central bookshelf serving as chairs
▼ 半开放的独立阅读区，绿色植物从“室外”透进来，Semi-Public independent reading area,plants permeating from ‘outdoors’
▼ 拱门外的环形过道，The circled paths under the arched door
▼ 轴测图，开放与半开放阅读区，Axonometric, pubic and semi-public reading areas
It is essential for children to have a safe and high-quality environment as they embrace the world in its various perceptive aspects. The smoothly curving plan speaks all for itself: curved walls not only feel more comfortable, but also enhance the perceptibility of space in a child. Square corners, hard materials and even straight lines are avoided wherever possible for the sake of better protection.
▼ 流畅婉转的隔断墙体，流线型的书架隔断与柔软的地面，Flowing partition walls, curved bookshelves and the soft floor material
▼ 轴测图，游乐场一般的公共阅读区，Axonometric, public reading area as a playground
Thinking from the perspective of a child, we planned and divided the space in children’s scales. Though spatially limited by the floor area, we managed to ‘squeeze’ in stairs with different heights, bookshelves that also serves as chairs, zigzagging ramps and mini arches in children’s size. All of these are in children’s scale. Boys and girls can climb up and down or play hide-and-seek in these facilities without parents worrying about potential dangers and injuries. According to many researches, children of 3-7 years old are in their most sensitive period of growing from their subjective worlds to the objective world. A flowing space like this helps expanding their perceiving and communicating abilities and reveal the true and creative nature in a child.
▼ 彼此融合互渗的空间，Space that fuses and penetrates
Just as garden grasses and flowers, every child has intrinsic ability of growth. Such abilities express themselves from within. It is the function of education, therefore, to fully awaken and exploit children’s potentials. In order to elicit an amicable relationship between the space created and the surrounding plants, as well as to bring children closer to the nature, we use wood as our main building material. The selection of white paint and the soft grey floor glue further guarantees the children a safe and interesting place to play, learn and interact. We grow green plants on the boundaries where different spaces meet, which helps sustaining the dynamic among person, space and nature.
▼ 生机勃勃的绿意，Lively green plants
▼ 平面图，Floor Plan
Project address: Nanhui District， Shanghai
Project type: Parent-child Reading Space
Design content: Interior design
Area: 108 m2
Design time: Sep 2016-Oct 2016
Construction time: Dec 2016-Nov 2016
Design team: Zhang Lei, Sun Haochen, Zhang Yiye, Jiang Dawei，Zhang Shuhang
Photographer: Zhang Daqi