Worked under Children Enterprise (UK) Ltd, Crossboundaries designed Family Box – Qingdao in Shinan District, Qingdao, China. Finished in July 2015, the architectural firm created an educational program that will accommodate the development of early childhood education in the country.
The Family Box
Since the early childhood education in China is developing rapidly, the Family Box – Qingdao was designed to keep up with the change. Located in one shopping mall in Qingdao, the space provides a library, shop, and try-out classes for potential customers before the staffs direct the members to the swimming pool area for children as well as classrooms, café, and open play areas.
Learn and Play
Variety of elements are incorporated into smart volumes and smart spaces to encourage children to learn and play. They are allowed to explore the platforms independently or with the adults.
Meanwhile, the architectural firm designed the smart volumes to break free from traditional educational layouts. The volumes provide slides, soft-upholstered seating, climbing zones, and other interesting elements that will help children enjoy their time immensely in Family Box.
Representing the City of Qingdao
The color of yellow, blue, and green are used to represent the city of Qingdao. Each color indicates a special design features, such as yellow for active floors, blue for multifunctional smart spaces, and green for smart volumes.
With the design, the available programs in the Family Box can be maximized to cater to the children’s needs.
If closed, the rooms and play areas can function independently. For group activities, for example, they come with movable walls to integrate with the library which will come in handy for large group storytelling or a stage for small performance intact with stepped seats.