The team worked with 105,000 sq ft of Tangzhen Primary School’s at Shanghai with three floors and thirty-five classes. By breaking the impression of conventional teaching places, the team wanted to create a comfortable and convenient learning environment that would allow more creativity while providing a more active education environment for teachers and students. The team hoped to increase the children’s learning potential and create a more friendly and open learning environment using this method.
School is a “dialogue space” for knowledge education. The learning process is accompanied by discussions with teachers, classmates and parents, who bring children different thinking from different angles. Combining the Chinese philosophy of “Zhi Xing Da Yi”—understanding the knowledge in practice—an experiential graphic space with the theme of “dialogue” was created through different forms of dialogue visual elements, and the graphics of rivers and oceans, to enhance a positive atmosphere.
Design + Execution
Inspired by the place identity and education concept, the team focused on the process of knowledge learning which is formed through questioning and communication. The team used dialogue visual elements and the iconic “ocean of knowledge” throughout the space. Shaping the dialogue space with the integration of “知Zhi” (knowledge) and “形Xing” (graphics), knowledge is contained in environmental graphics and continuously put into design practice with the original intention of educating people.
Zhang Yaqi (principal in charge, project manager, design director)
Zhang Chi (designer, photography)
Liu Bin (architect & counselor)
Shanghai Juyuhuang Design Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Feitian Building Decoration Co., Ltd.
Zhang Chi & Zhang Yaqi (photography)