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Smart volumes and smart spaces for children, by Crossboundaries

Smart volumes and smart spaces are scaled for children to climb, crawl and walk, allowing independent exploration or together with an adult. This is another great Family Box designed by Crossboundaries.

Family box by Crossboundaries

Early childhood education in China is rapidly developing. Situated in a shopping mall, Family Box welcomes the public with a library, shop and try-out classes for potential customers before directing its members to the children’s swimming pool, classrooms, open play areas and cafe.

Family box by Crossboundaries

Yellow, blue and green represent the city of Qingdao. Each color is indicating a special design feature. Recognizable for children, active floors are in yellow, multi-functional smart spaces in blue and walls are transformed into green smart volumes. This allows for maximization of the amount of program in the available space.

Family box by Crossboundaries

Breaking from traditional educational layouts, the smart volumes are filled with a variety of elements to engage children with playing and learning. Containing slides, climbing zones, soft-upholstered seating and other elements.

Family box by Crossboundaries

Family box by Crossboundaries

While closed, rooms and play areas function independently. For group activities they then can open up with movable walls. The setup is integrating with the library for large group storytelling, or converting into a stage where an audience can watch a small performance from the stepped seats.

Family box by Crossboundaries

Family box by Crossboundaries

Take a look at Crossboundaries website. They really have great projects!