Poly WeDo is a new educational centre for developing children’s potential in music and the arts. The Chinese architects of Archstudio were asked to design the centre’s physical premises in Beijing’s Yongli shopping centre.
Archstudio and the client had several goals for the project: creating an open space connected with nature, with carefully planned acoustics and sound-absorbent properties for teaching, and encouraging interaction among students.
Poly WeDo includes a music room, classrooms for private lessons, a theatre and a rehearsal room, as well as a large, brightly lit hall. The entire space looks like an "indoor village" with plenty of timber, open spaces and plants alternating with books on the shelves all around the space. Archstudio’s idea was to bring a green landscape into the school so that students would feel close to nature even when indoors.
Location: Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Type: Educational space
Design: Archstudio – Han Wen-Qiang, Wang Ying, Li Yun-Tao
Photos: Xia Zhi