Kids Museum of Glass / Coordination Asia

Kids Museum of Glass / Coordination Asia

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Shanghai, China
  • Architects: Coordination Asia
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  2320
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Abet Laminati, 上海杰硕道具有限公司, 欧百娜
  • Design Team : Tilman Thürmer Francesca Inchingolo David Keohane María Fernanda González Prendes Yichun Chen Bon Wen
  • The Client : Shanghai G+ Culture Creative Developing Co.,Ltd
  • City : Shanghai
  • Country : China
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Welcome counter / Bold typography extrudes from the wall and forms part of the welcome counter.. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA

Text description provided by the architects. The Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 is a 2,320 m2 contemporary art and design museum created for young visitors in a converted former glass-making workshop. Aiming to encourage independent learning, COORDINATION ASIA integrates kids-driven content into an explorative visiting experience. 

Kids Museum of Glass / Coordination Asia - Windows, Facade
Light through glass brick wall / Translucent walls made of custom-made glass bricks structure the space and let in an abundance of natural light.. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA
Kids Museum of Glass / Coordination Asia - Exterior Photography, Stairs, Handrail
Black steel staircase inserts / A black steel staircase is inserted under the 12-meter-high original roof in a former glass-making workshop.. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA

The exhibition is designed to engage visitors on multiple levels. All the exhibits are connected through a scavenger hunt which invites them to look for clues in the space. The hands-on installations empower children to take control and explore further what interests them and to actively learn about glass as a material and its role in the environment, science, technology, art, design, and human civilization. Multimedia and digital contents play a significant part in the exhibition design, including a mirror maze, sound installations, an interactive motion-tracking exhibit, and short films about glass in different fields. 

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Axo. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA
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Layers in space / Black metal platforms and staircases are inserted into the open-plan space to create layers.. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA

“When it comes to designing a museum for children, the challenge often lies in finding the balance between what children and their parents desire during the visit. In our Kids Museum of Glass 2.0, we managed to create a satisfying learning experience that creates a common ground between both sides.” Says Tilman Thürmer, Founder of COORDINATION ASIA and Curator, Design Director, and Vice President of the Shanghai Museum of Glass.

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Colour contrast / The museum is dominated by a monochromatic colour palette which elevates the colours used on exhibits and installations.. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA

The new museum also provides large workshop spaces with fully functioning glass-making kilns and state-of-the-art flameworking stations. The flexible space allows opportunities for temporary exhibitions and events and can accommodate several school groups. 

Kids Museum of Glass / Coordination Asia - Stairs, Handrail
Staircase for lectures / Black steel staircase with animated LED light lines can be used for lectures or gatherings.. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA

The original wooden structures of the roof and exposed brick walls are kept to preserve the authenticity of the former workshop. Black metal platforms and staircases are inserted into the clean, open-plan space to create layers under the original roof with an impressive height of 12 meters. Translucent walls made of customized glass bricks let the space flooded with natural light. The patterns on the glass bricks imitate the steel mesh used in the former factory. These subtle details are intended to be reminders of the building’s industrial heritage, creating an intriguing dialogue between ‘old and new’.  

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Art & design museum for kids / The museum is a sleek contemporary art and design museum created for young visitors.. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA

The whole space is dominated by the strong contrast of a monochromatic palette which highlights the vibrant colors used on exhibits, dynamic surfaces, and installations. Animated light lines run through the whole museum, elevating the space with an energetic and active vibe. Distinctive environmental graphic treatments play a central role. The bold graphics on the wall and the museum’s own mascot patterns on the custom-made soft floors encapsulate visitors in a uniquely immersive environment. The kid’s behaviors are taken into consideration while choosing materials. Tempered glass is used on all the showcases that allow young visitors to stand, walk and even jump on the surface. 

Kids Museum of Glass / Coordination Asia - Interior Photography
Exhibit Island / A small exhibit island portrays an artist’s workshop, demonstrating how they created artworks from broken glass.. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA

Tilman describes the aesthetic direction he took for this project: “Sometimes one may underestimate how much potential young children have to appreciate culture and art. We often assume that contemporary art is only for grownups, but in this museum, we want to show that a kids museum can be cool, artistic, and kid-friendly at the same time.” 

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Connecting lights / Dynamic LED light installations connect different wings of the museum.. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA

The Kids Museum of Glass 2.0 offers an environment that creates a common ground where parents’ objectives for children to learn and kids’ wishes to play are met. The design demonstrates the vision of creating a contemporary cultural and educational destination. The museum presents young urbanites and their families a platform for lifestyle-centered activities and the appreciation of art and culture.

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Artistic installation / An artistic installation shows different qualities of glass.. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA

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Address:685 West Changjiang Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai, China

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Cite: "Kids Museum of Glass / Coordination Asia" 13 Aug 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/966591/kids-museum-of-glass-coordination-asia> ISSN 0719-8884
Kids-Friendly play room / An open and bright space with inflated basketballs, hoods, yoga balls invites kids and their family to play together.. Image Courtesy of COORDINATION ASIA

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