Coordination Asia designs children’s museum in Shanghai

Coordination Asia designs children’s museum in Shanghai,

Coordination Asia designed a contemporary art and design museum for children with polka dot floors and fun whitewashed interiors in Shanghai, China.

Dubbed the Children’s Museum of Glass 2.0, the project covers a total area of ​​2,320 square meters,

for young visitors by converting it from a former glass workshop.

The project aims to encourage independent learning,

as the museum integrates child-driven contents into an exploratory visiting experience.

Spread over two floors, the museum creates a sharp contrast between all-white walls,

glass brick walls, black polka dot floors, and black staircases and railings.

The studio incorporates child-driven content into an exploratory visit experience with the aim of encouraging independent learning.

Color is the main component of the design to give off a sense of youthful vibe and energy,

which is why the exhibition is designed to engage visitors on multiple levels.


Coordination Asia designs children's museum in Shanghai


Coordination Asia designs children’s museum in Shanghai

Hands-on installations enable children to take control of, explore more of what interests them,

and actively learn about glass as a material and its role in the environment,

science, technology, art, design, and human civilization.

The team has incorporated multimedia and digital contents that play an important role in the exhibition design, including a mirror labyrinth,

sound installations, an interactive motion-tracking exhibition, and short films about glass in various fields.

The challenge is often to find a balance between what children and their parents want while visiting when it comes to designing a children’s museum.

The company has managed to create a satisfying learning experience that creates common ground between the two sides at Children’s Museum of Glass 2.0.

The new museum also offers large workshop spaces with fully functional glass furnaces and advanced ignition stations.

The flexible space provides opportunities for temporary exhibitions and events that can accommodate many school groups.

The architects preserved the original wooden structures of the ceiling and exposed brick walls to preserve the originality of the previous workshop.

Black metal stairs and platforms were inserted into the clean,

open-plan space to create tiers under the original ceiling at an impressive 12-meter height.

Sheer walls made of custom glass bricks let the space flood with natural light.


Coordination Asia designs children's museum in Shanghai


Coordination Asia designs children’s museum in Shanghai

Also the patterns on the glass bricks, the steel grid used in the previous factory.

These subtle details are intended to remind the building’s industrial heritage,

creating an intriguing dialogue between the ‘old and the new’.

The entire space is dominated by the strong contrast of the monochromatic palette that highlights the vibrant colors used in the galleries and the dynamic surfaces and installations.

Animated light lines run through the entire museum,

increasing the space with a lively and energetic atmosphere,

and distinctive environmental graphic processors play a major role.

Bold graphics on the wall and museum-specific mascot patterns on the custom-made smooth floors bring visitors into a uniquely immersive environment.

Child behaviors were taken into account when choosing materials,

with tempered glass used in all showcases that allow young visitors to stand, walk and even jump on the roof.

The architects who designed the project wanted to show the potential for the Children’s Museum to be cool, artistic and kid-friendly at the same time.

The Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 provides an environment that creates a common ground where parents’ goal for children’s learning and children’s desire to play are fulfilled.

The design articulates the vision of creating a contemporary cultural and educational destination,

and offers young city dwellers and their families a platform for activities focused on lifestyle and an appreciation of art and culture.


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