In the Langqin Bay by the side of ixi Lake in Nanchang City, there resides a kindergarten filled with elegant and delicate landscapes and colorful scenery changing through seasons͘ t the east side of the kindergarten’s main building lobby, there’s a double height indoor space of 100㎡, facing south to the yard͘ Having heard of the Climbing Park of Luofu Mountain, the kindergarten came to unarchitecte, and expressed their wish to create an activity space themed climbing net͘.
Project name: A walking box
Architect Name: unarchitecte
The architect intends to provide an activity space different from the regular figure in daily life for children, by which chi ldren will be enlightened with the awareness of the diversity and possibility of space͘ When happily exploring and frolicking, thro ugh the changes of dimension and shape of space, children can find laws and logic, and their perception of space is renewed͘ series of installations are inserted to fulfill this goal͘ The system is made up of five parts: an irregular shape box as t he main body of steel structure, a complex steel structure compounded by 10 snap-in balls of different sizes inside the box, two surfaces that connects the two above -mentioned parts inside the box, polyester nets adhering to all frameworks, and eight bended t ubes as the entrances and exits to the box͘ The main part of this installation is hanged by twenty-three steel ropes to the steel beams newly added to the top of the ceiling( the steel beams are anchored to former architecture’s carbon-fiber-reinforced structural beams), and meanwhile eight cable-stayed steel ropes help to stabilize it to the close-by structure columns͘.
The system, as a whole an installation one can participate in, possesses multiple activity space: the underneath and surrounding(filled and defined by drooping polyester ropes) of the floating box, the bended tubes as passing space, the interior space of the balls complex, and the three layers of space of different heights which surrounds the balls complex inside the box͘ To connect the indoor and yard landscape, three bended tubes sealed by tempered glass cross the glass curtain wall on the south side and lean out to the outdoors͘ These layers of space overlap and go further one by one, so do our eye sights when looking at them͘ Happily crossing the different spaces, children can enjoy a cautious exploration and continuing process of understanding͘.
So was born this whole-suspended box, made of polyester nets and steel structure and enclosed by six hyperboloids, gives redefinition of the space͘ The shrugging box and the bended tubes, together with the spiritual floating balls complex, vitalizes the space and gives it a posture about to walk͘ Therefore, the whole design helps to inspire children to look at various things in life from an anthropopathic perspective and with a caring heart, to understand and absorb the surrounding diverse information with an open mindset, so as to broaden their mind and teach through lively activities͘.
Here it is, a happy walking box striving to walk͘ Climbing within the structural system of the architecture while not limited by it, the box is just like the children inside or around him, who are confident and self-strengthening, happy and positive͘ Full of the passion for life and creativity, the walking box is accompanying children to grow up happily in the carefree playing͘ Manufacturer and Brand Info for“ Walking Box”
Jiangxi Fangzhi rchitectural Engineering CO͘,LTD Huimin Country Bairun Rope net CO͘,LTD
Huishian rchitecture Science&Technology CO͘,LTD HILTI （China）
Polyester nets：（Shandong）Bairunhuida rope net Carbon fiber （Shanghai）Huishian
Chemical anchor bolt：HILTI