内境空间设计 | 南京安彼国际儿童成长中心
A sunset is reflected in the shimmering West Lake, and then wittily slip into the Wuyi Lane on the south bank of the Qinhuai River; birds fly over the Baochu Pagoda to overlook the beautiful scenery of Nanjing on top of the Zijin Mountain. This time we come to Nanjing, an ancient capital of six dynasties.
We designed and remodeled the whole building from its exterior to interior this time. The original building was veneered fully in golden aluminum plates, and the last organization covered the surface of the first floor with green aluminum plates, so the building was in gold and green and relatively shabby due to its age. Obviously, the architectural expression could not fit in with our brand image or the aesthetic view of young people today. With many rusty metal poles and densely mounted aluminum frames in outer glass-curtain walls, the whole building originally looked stiff in shape and not simple enough.
Our idea of remodeling is to make the whole building simpler and let in more light, while creating a better view of indoor scenes that can be seen outdoors, with a limited budget, to let children enjoy natural light nearly without any obscured corner whether in public zones or in classrooms. The overall surface of the building is unified in color and divided into two sections vertically to draw the building contour with smooth lines, and some glass released from dense aluminum frames makes the building more transparent, smoother and simpler.
Various scenes were built on the first floor and the mezzanine, to provide a place for children to live freely, where they can act, move and play games in different ways, and teachers and parents can also carry out all kinds of activities.
As children are unable to accept things around, which differ greatly from them in size, we built many scenes suitable for children in size and placed imported international teaching toys carefully selected. In these scenes, they will have a strong sense of identity, feel very satisfied in the hands-on process, and truly become owners of the environment.
Considering comfort underfoot in winter, we installed an underfloor heating system, to make children feel more comfortable. The PVC flooring is thicker and elastic to some extent, to further protect the safety of children.
Innocent smiles on the faces of children are the most beautiful “scenery”.
Inner development and spiritual activities of children will be mobilized when they concentrate on something.
By observation, it is not hard to find that children will be much more motivated to explore actively in a comfortable and beautiful environment.
Through window frames, verdant bamboos come into view, matched with a calligraphy or painting scroll and other objects in display, to create an overall tranquil and peaceful scene.
It is hoped that the cozy reception zone can give parents the warmth of home.
The corridor on the second floor is endowed with the functions of games, relaxation and scene display. Joints between walls and the roof form the shape of a house.
While entering classrooms and looking at the slope roof, children will be given an illusion of walking from the outside to the inside of a house. We hope it can leave an imaginary space for children.
A natural and warm atmosphere is created in all classrooms, and we don’t want too colorful classrooms, which may distract the attention of children. Each classroom has a floor-to-ceiling window and a large area of natural lighting, to create an excellent environment for the growth of children.
In classrooms, children can see scenes displayed on walls, which adds some fun to classrooms.
Experience may make us rather indifferent to some things, but children without much experience are in a stage of acquiring various perceptual impressions. If we just treat everything related to the minds of children from our own points of view, our misunderstandings of children will consequently keep increasing. Therefore, we must restrain those mental characteristics unique to adults hindering us from understanding children, so that we may set aside our superiority and biases as adults and give children more understanding and enough respect. Just as the founder of Ababy said, this is not a school, where there is no “child” or “teacher”, no one needs to “be taught”, and we learn together, grow together and gain happiness.
Epilogue: The project has modified the original design to a different extent due to many factors, This is also a real part of the design.
∇ 一层轴测拆解图 axon exploded
∇ 二层轴测拆解图 axon exploded
∇ 一层平面图 Plan level 1
∇ 二层平面图 Plan level 2
∇ 设计草图 Design Sketch
Project Name | 项目名称：南京安彼国际儿童成长中心
Location | 项目地址：中国 南京
Design Company | 设计机构：内境空间设计
Chief Designer | 主创设计师：林晓峰、罗俊清
Participating designe | 参与设计师：谈霄
Completion Year | 完成年份：2021年10月
Area | 项目面积：室内730m²,庭院320 m²
Script Edition | 撰文：罗俊清
Photography | 摄影：魏哭哭、李皖东(人物)
Photo Copyright | 照片版权：内境空间设计