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  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Swimming Pool
  4. China
  5. Crossboundaries
  6. 2015
  7. Family Box / Crossboundaries

Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

Family Box / Crossboundaries

  • 20:00 - 22 June, 2015
Family Box / Crossboundaries
Family Box / Crossboundaries, © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries

© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Si Ping Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Project Designers

    Anne-Charlotte Wiklander, Irene Solà, Gao Yang
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Interior Design

  • Collaborating Architect and Engineer

    Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group
  • Client

    Children Enterprise (UK) Limited
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© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries

Text description provided by the architects. Family Box, an already established children’s facility chain in China, was ambitious to set their first step in metropolitan Shanghai by transforming the space into a dynamic and cheerful play environment for children. The existing premises of 2,100sqm in a residential area was extremely dark and unattractive as the façade cladding covered most of the windows and a chaotic organization of columns, beams and cores was revealed inside. Crossboundaries reorganized the space and created logic to the sequence of experiencing the facility.

© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries

From the entrance the visitor can immediately see the dominant green staircase volume, which serves as the prime circulation path between ground floor and the swimming pool as well as the changing rooms upstairs.

© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries

Following a clear sequence, the parents and children are led from the reception on the ground floor, passing by water-play, open-play and café areas next to the staircase. Each area differentiates from the other by pyramid ceilings and is framed in wood defining the thresholds. A continuous link across the areas is optimized by a color scheme led by a fresh, strong green, used behind perforated panels and at window openings combined with wooden benches.

Second Floor Plan Layout
Second Floor Plan Layout

On the second floor, the corridor adapts to the chaotic cores guiding the visitors toward the swimming pools, with recessed connections to the changing rooms along the way. The green is again applied, in niches along the corridor, combined with a lighter blue and grey base palette throughout. Divided into two, the pool area has a shallow section for beginners and deeper water for swim training, over which three big pyramid ceilings with skylights add height and light to the generic swimming hall that previously existed.

© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Family Box / Crossboundaries" 22 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries

上海家盒子 / Crossboundaries