Challenge Accepted

Type: Tutorial centre
Location: Wong Chuk Hang
Client: Headmistress
Size: 1,000sqft
Completion: 2020 Q3

With just one-and-a-half months to complete this project from design to construction, we were up for a challenge to turn a room into an inspiring and creative space for little learners, complete with small classrooms for Mandarin lessons, games and cooking.

Not to mention, we were also up against restrictions brought on from an ongoing pandemic.

Considering all the limitations, we thought, maybe we can design modular size elements that could be factory-produced for quick and easy installation. Maybe we can use recycled materials for eco-awareness. Maybe we can use movable fittings for economical removal in the future. And of course, we must plan for cheerful and fun design elements that children will appreciate.

With all the possibilities in mind, our client agreed on all and we worked with the contractor to develop a modular wood frame system infilled with semi-translucent polycarbonate wall panels. This created semi-enclosed rooms with high level openings for efficient ventilation. We played with the bendable properties of polycarbonate and wood frames to create child-friendly round corners, and added a bit of fun with some half-arch doors. Simple linoleum flooring throughout the whole school is used for consistency, durability and sustainability. While we were designing this space, we could imagine kids baking desserts and preparing tea with tutors on the candy-like work counter in the pantry, and young adults lounging in the leisure area while practicing a newly learnt language.

Here, it’s all about learning with enjoyment – and we enjoyed this challenge, too!