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Poly WeDo Education Institution by Arch Studio, Beijing - China

Poly WeDo is a new children’s education brand of Poly Culture Group, which aims at exploring and developing kids' gift and potentiality in music, and improving their comprehensive art accomplishment. ARCHSTUDIO is invited to do the design for their teaching space within Yongli International Shopping Centre in Workers’ Stadium North Road, Beijing. The top issue to be solved while doing the design thinking is how to create an open, free and flexible modern teaching environment which breaks the limits of rigid structure and creates a feeling of closeness between children and the space.

Designed by Arch Studio

Design Team: Han Wen-Qiang, Wang Ying, Li Yun-Tao

Photography by Xia Zhi

The project covers the area cross 7 pillars of the shopping center on the first floor. The basic structure of the space is framework + shear wall, it enjoys an area of about 1000㎡and has a basement with an area of 300㎡. ARCHSTUDIO removes the concrete block wall as much as possible to open up the closed space; a corridor is used to connect the classrooms to the public space. All the teaching spaces including music classroom, private classroom, reception hall, theatre and rehearsal room, etc. stretch out horizontally to the atrium of the shopping Centre. The slope shape roof extends to the wall and then the floor, which becomes the extension of classrooms and public space. The entire teaching space is like a translucent “indoor village”, which presents spaces of variety of scales and texture according to different needs. It presents the kids an intimate, natural and cozy music playing and learning environment.