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Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

China Architecture News - Oct 14, 2021 - 14:31   637 views

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

Shanghai-based architecture studio Coordination Asia has designed a contemporary art and design museum for kids with dotted floors and playful and white-painted interiors in Shanghai, China.

Named Kids Museum of Glass 2.0, the project, covering a total of 2,320 square meters, was created for young visitors by being converted from a former glass-making workshop.

The project aims to encourage independent learning, the museum integrates kids-driven contents into an explorative visiting experience.

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

The two-storey museum creates a sharp contrast between all-white walls, glass brick walls and black dotted floors, black staircase and railings. Aiming to encourage independent learning, the studio integrates kids-driven content into an explorative visiting experience. 

Color is the main component of design to deliver a sense of young feeling and energy. For this reason, the exhibition is designed to engage visitors on multiple levels. All the exhibits are connected through a scavenger hunt which invites them to look for clues in the space. 

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

The hands-on installations empower children to take control and explore further what interests them and to actively learn about glass as a material and its role in the environment, science, technology, art, design, and human civilization. 

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

The team inserted multimedia and digital contents that play a significant part in the exhibition design, including a mirror maze, sound installations, an interactive motion-tracking exhibit, and short films about glass in different fields.

"When it comes to designing a museum for children, the challenge often lies in finding the balance between what children and their parents desire during the visit," Tilman Thürmer, Founder of Coordination Asia and Curator, Design Director, and Vice President of the Shanghai Museum of Glass.

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

"In our Kids Museum of Glass 2.0, we managed to create a satisfying learning experience that creates a common ground between both sides."

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

The new museum also provides large workshop spaces with fully functioning glass-making kilns and state-of-the-art flameworking stations. The flexible space allows opportunities for temporary exhibitions and events and can accommodate several school groups. 

The architects preserved the original wooden structures of the roof and exposed brick walls to maintain the authenticity of the former workshop. 

Black metal platforms and staircases are inserted into the clean, open-plan space to create layers under the original roof with an impressive height of 12 meters. 

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

Translucent walls made of customized glass bricks let the space flooded with natural light. The patterns on the glass bricks imitate the steel mesh used in the former factory. These subtle details are intended to be reminders of the building’s industrial heritage, creating an intriguing dialogue between ‘old and new’.  

The whole space is dominated by the strong contrast of a monochromatic palette which highlights the vibrant colors used on exhibits, dynamic surfaces, and installations. 

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

Animated light lines run through the whole museum, elevating the space with an energetic and active vibe. Distinctive environmental graphic treatments play a central role. 

The bold graphics on the wall and the museum’s own mascot patterns on the custom-made soft floors encapsulate visitors in a uniquely immersive environment. 

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

The kid’s behaviors are taken into consideration while choosing materials. Tempered glass is used on all the showcases that allow young visitors to stand, walk and even jump on the surface.

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

Tilman describes the aesthetic direction he took for this project: "Sometimes one may underestimate how much potential young children have to appreciate culture and art. We often assume that contemporary art is only for grownups, but in this museum, we want to show that a kids museum can be cool, artistic and kid-friendly at the same time."

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

The Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 offers an environment that creates a common ground where parents’ objective for children to learn and kids’ wish to play are met. 

The design demonstrates the vision of creating a contemporary cultural and educational destination. The museum presents young urbanites and their families a platform for lifestyle-centred activities and the appreciation of art and culture.

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

Axonometric drawing

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

1st floor plan

Coordination Asia designs Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 with dotted and playful interiors in Shanghai

2nd floor plan

Project facts

Project name: Kids Museum of Glass 2.0

Architects: Coordination Asia

Team: Tilman Thürmer, Francesca Inchingolo, David Keohane, María Fernanda González Prendes, Yichun Chen, Bon Wen

Client: Shanghai G+ Culture Creative Developing Co.,Ltd

Location: Shanghai, China 

Size: 2,320m2 

Date: 2021 

All images courtesy of Coordination Asia.

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