A place to let sail kids’ imagination!
Area: 3810 m²
Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
ArkAtects: Michele Lanari · 胡译尹 Yiyi · Julian Amaya · Gregorio Soravito
In the high-end project, with the main building facing the Shenzhen sea, the ArkA design team applied some cruise ship details to help safe movements.
"Less is more”. The corridor and its jointed areas are designed as an open space for children to move and play. During the process of space design, we endeavour to adopt the principle of "leave blank".
Handrails are designed with the same shape of those on a ship to pattern a touchable feeling of being in a boat. To reproduce as much nature as possible, we also chose a dominant and soft yellow wood texture tone for windows, doors and furniture.
We used blue dots design on the ceiling of the main central plaza to resemble the blue sky above the sea. The handrails are designed with the same shape of those on a ship to pattern a touchable feeling of being in a boat. An easy and safe design was applied especially to the doors so that younger kids can use independently without worrying about being pitched finger by the door. This is ArkA designed doors.
Based on the Montessori philosophy and teaching method, the space has very simple decorations and colour patterns; there is a theory in Montessori's educational philosophy called "undisturbed learning time". That is, children have at least three hours of undisturbed learning time, the design ideology of “blank space and minimalism”, which reduces visual pollution and allows children to eliminate external interference and concentrate on learning in a more "Zen" space.