The client was looking for a space for kids language lessons. She didn’t want a typical classroom with desks, chairs and other furniture. She wanted a space that would allow kids to learn naturally. She wanted a place that would stimulate their brains and encourage them to be active in their learning. She wanted something completely different to the boring classroom they were used to at their everyday school.
We worked to together to create a space that ensures that there are no desks or chairs for passive learning. The space was designed so that the kids’ brains are constantly being challenged to be focussed and aware.
We wanted to activate right-brain activity so we designed a 3D space that caters perfectly to kids. They can stand and be equal in height to their teacher. Their hand-eye and foot-eye co-ordination is always stimulated. The shapes and textures are good for their bodies. It is a surprise and awakens their curiosity and interest being in this space. They are alert and have fun.
The room has been a complete success. Kids move and learn. They laugh and learn. They walk and touch. Their senses are stimulated and active when inside this space.
As adults we may feel we wouldn’t want to learn in such a space so it is important when we design to remember exactly who are users are and what they need.