The world is changing.
So must the purpose of school.
We must reconnect
The artistic and scientific sides of ourselves.
Artist and businessman.
Logician and poet.
WHAT VIETNAM NEEDS
WHAT THE FUTURE NEEDS
WHAT MY CHILD NEEDS
At Little Em’s, our campus is an wonderland, each cornice designed to achieve a sense of home, safety and security for the children. Our internationally acclaimed design team, 180 Studio, with its head designer and co-author of ‘The Third Teacher’ collaborative book, Trung Le, has shared a vision of architecture that creates a greater sense of belonging and identity for each child, as well as a larger collective sense of community of Little Em’s.
From the very beginning, we wanted to explore the writings of Malaguzzi’s The Hundred Languages of Children and use this declaration as a spatial metaphor to design a child’s learning journey throughout the campus at Little Em’s.
We wanted to leverage space and place and allow the children to build a mindset of personal exploration. To achieve this spatial learning map of wonder, there are unique spatial opportunities close by, and there are other spatial experiences further away from the home classroom that the children can venture beyond to explore. There is an anticipation that the younger children will stay closer to their classroom, whilst the older children will have a greater urge to explore further away from their home classroom. We want these mental boundaries to remain invisible to the children.
Inspired by the short film Power of 10 created by Charles and Ray Eames for IBM, in each building we have designed four distinct spatial themes/stories with just enough spatial personality and potential for children to ask questions and further explore the wonder of their world at different scales. Playing out these spatial themes and scales concept, each classroom in each building has a unique spatial design geared towards this possibility of exploration: