Kids Museum of Glass by COORDINATION ASIA, Shanghai – China

February 16th, 2015 by retail design blog

KIDS MUSEUM OF GLASS The coolest place to get smart

On January 18, 2015, China sees the opening of its first kids design experience: the Kids Museum of Glass. Children can explore their creativity in the former workshop that is converted into a space that hosts an Exhibition, a DIY Workshop, two Cafés, a Gift Shop and a Party Space. The idea and design of the museum are by Tilman Thürmer, founder and CEO of COORDINATION ASIA, and combines art, design, performances, films and games in a creative, interactive and educational environment. The 2,000 sqm space is designed for children in the age of 4-10 to learn about the basics of glass in a playful and fun way.

China’s first kids design museum With China’s first design museum still on its way, COORDINATION ASIA now introduces China’s first children’s design museum: the Kids Museum of Glass. This educational design space, a former industrial workshop, is marked by kaleidoscopic patterns, natural materials and contrasting sleek blackened glass surfaces. Street inspired materials such as simple plywood and sterling board give the space an edgy, playful and welcoming feel. The Kids Museum of Glass is the newest addition to the ever-growing G+ Park, one of Shanghai’s trendsetting creative hubs.
Intuition-based experience The exhibition is built up as a ‘glass city’, consisting of different units that are themed with easy to grasp city analogies, such as ‘The Beach’, ‘The Circus’ and ‘The Factory’.

Children are confronted with snack-sized information while playing with different glass-themed installations. The museum experience is intuition-based and invites children to explore the topic of glass independently. Easy to use multi-media installations tempt children to touch and play: simple actions and gestures allow them to discover for example how lightning can create glass, how a glass prism works or what smart glass is. In between playing and learning, children can relax and watch a film in the integrated Fire Theater or Up-Cycling Theater. Creative kids can practice their sketching skills by drawing an art piece on the spot in one of the ‘Draw Me’ installations.

Living Space In the exhibition, cross-links are made with two other functions in the space: the DIY Workshop and the Gift Shop. Visitors are alerted to the fact that they can try activities and buy objects that they see in the space. The DIY Workshop and Gift Shop – set on the first floor of the space – offer a wide range of children-specific workshops as well as the museum’s own line of children’s products. Additionally, the Kids Museum of Glass has a dedicated Party Space, where plenary introductions to larger school groups, private birthday parties or brand events focused on families can be held. In two integrated Cafés, visitors can recharge or take a rest while visiting.

Responsible Design Sustainability and well-being were carefully considered as factors in the design process. The colorful museum space is a reused building, that has special air filters to guarantee clean and healthy air during playtime. All materials within the space are chosen with a sustainable outlook, to ensure a better tomorrow for the young visitors that engage with the space.
A playground, an art space, a second classroom and an event venue: altogether, the Kids Museum of Glass is a multifunctional and exciting new experience, which aims to become thé new cultural destination for families with children in Shanghai and beyond.

Design: COORDINATION ASIA / Tilman Thürmer

COORDINATION ASIA is an award winning agency for design and architecture, specializing in creating high impact environments in Museum, Exhibition, Retail and Hospitality Design. Driven by the quest for fresh ideas and extraordinary design solutions, COORDINATION ASIA functions like a concept laboratory and bridges creative energy and professional realization. From cultural to commercial projects, COORDINATION ASIA’s vision is that content precedes aesthetics and that great design is more than simply styling. The office is known and appreciated for this content-driven approach, as well as for a dedicated, reliable and high-standard way of working. This has resulted in successful collaborations with amongst others the Shanghai Museum of Glass, the Shanghai Film Museum and global brands such as Nike, Skoda and Otto Bock HealthCare. COORDINATION ASIA is founded and managed by German architect Tilman Thürmer, who also co-founded COORDINATION Berlin together with architect Jochen Gringmuth and product designer Flip Sellin.

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