BIG and WeWork reveal plans for interactive WeGrow kindergarten in New York City

November 29, 2017 by  
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International startup WeWork is expanding beyond its co-working roots with a public  kindergarten in New York City called WeGrow. The innovative school will be designed in collaboration  BIG Architects  and will provide an environment for education in an interactive space that focuses on introspection, exploration, and discovery. WeGrow will be a public elementary school for kids ages three to nine that aims to function as an environment where youngsters can experience hands-on and experiential learning. The first images of the space show wooden play areas, large grey pods for climbing and sitting, and several modular classrooms and treehouses that facilitate interaction. Related: 10 brilliant communal designs helping people work and live together WeWork claims that the new kindergarten will “focus as much on the growth of our children’s spirits as we will their minds.” References to various natural phenomena, as well as an element of futurism, permeate the new WeGrow concept, set to open its first location in Chelsea next autumn. “The design starts from the premise of a school universe at the level of the child: a field of super-elliptic objects forms a learning landscape that’s dense and rational – yet free and fluid,” said the firm. + BIG Architects Via Dezeen

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Japanese kindergarten features awesome green courtyard where kids can run and climb

December 7, 2016 by  
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Japanese kindergartens are well known for their minimalist design and creative play spaces. Japan-based Hibino Sekkei and Youji no Shiro have created many of our favorites, and their latest design for Kids Mayumi or “KM” Kindergarten in Osaka demonstrates all the signature elements of its predecessors, with some unique departures. With ample indoor space and a fantastic protected play yard, KM Kindergarten elevates childcare and early education to an art. The most stunning aspect of the kindergarten is its sprawling green courtyard with sloping hills and play equipment, where children run and climb in the fresh air. The play area connects with a grass-covered ramp that leads to an upper outdoor deck, where more fun awaits. A separate area of the courtyard features climbing structures and a fun wooden playhouse that inspires imaginations to run wild. Related: Earthquake-resistant kindergarten built using recycled marine shipping containers Inside, some areas of the kindergarten were left intentionally unadorned, with unfinished plywood covering the floor, walls, and ceiling to provide kids with a space to ponder their thoughts. Tucked thoughtfully within the kindergarten’s indoor spaces are additional play features, such as hidden ladders and corner rope swings, which blur the line between learning and recreation in a way no kid could possibly resist. Communal areas inside the school are expansive and open, with accordion-like walls that allow teachers to create indoor/outdoor spaces during pleasant weather , giving kids the opportunity to experience fresh air and sunshine during meals and class sessions, rather than solely during play breaks. An open gym with a finished wood floor creates more space for group activities, and features large windows that invite daylight to flood the room. On the outside, the building looks fairly nondescript—a typically rectangular structure clad in a cool grey facade. The two-story school could be easily mistaken for an office building, as the inner courtyard is hidden from street view and there are very few windows on the outer perimeter of the building. This enables the kindergarten to function within a somewhat protected bubble, away from the distractions of passing traffic. + Hibino Sekkei Via ArchDaily Images via Ryuji Inoue/Studio Bauhaus

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Mountain-shaped Ama’r Children’s Culture House in Copenhagen has no beginning or end

April 11, 2016 by  
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Is this protein the key to an anti-aging pill?

April 11, 2016 by  
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From serums to plastic surgery to antioxidants, humans are continually trying to delay the inevitable aging process. Now researchers claim they may be one step closer to an anti-aging pill – and it all comes down to one little protein molecule. According to the team, a pill that limits the protein GSK-3 could increase the human lifespan by seven to ten years . Read the rest of Is this protein the key to an anti-aging pill?

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Beautiful kindergarten blends sustainability and play into an eco-friendly envelope

March 16, 2016 by  
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Curvaceous solar-powered kindergarten is built from natural and recycled materials in Italy

December 15, 2015 by  
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New open-air bar and restaurant for a Brazilian soccer club appears ready to set sail

December 15, 2015 by  
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COBE Completes Curvaceous Green-Roofed Kindergarten in Copenhagen

October 6, 2014 by  
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Henning Larsen’s Day Care Center is a Green-Roofed Paradise for Children in Denmark

September 19, 2014 by  
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Amazing Japanese Kindergarten Circles Around a Mythic Tree

May 20, 2014 by  
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