12th April 2023 | IN PROJECT OF THE WEEK | BY SBID ShareTweetPinterestLinkedIn This week’s instalment of the Project of the Week series features an interactive and vibrant primary school design by 2022 SBID Awards Finalist, Lineworks Studio. Founded in 1870, Huishi Primary School of Xuhui District, Shanghai is one of the most historical schools in Shanghai. At the end of 2021, the institution commissioned LINEWORKS to renovate several STEAM classrooms at its midtown campus. The school aims to customize its learning space for a STEAM curriculum experience, and to better suit the preferences of the young students. Therefore, spatial function, color palette and visual geometry are the key elements that our design team have taken into consideration during the design process. Design team have selected and refined certain elements from the children’s drawings, and employed different color schemes that resonate with each specific course of the school’s STEAM curriculum. Aside from that, the designers have retained and optimized the large windows of the original space. Thus, the renovated STEAM teaching space has become more student-friendly, interactive, and layered in visual presentation. SBID Awards Category: Public Space Practice: Lineworks Studio Project: Huishi Primary School STEAM Studio Location: Shanghai, China What was the client’s brief? The school aims to customise its learning space for a STEM curriculum experience, and to better suit the preferences of the young students, so as to stimulate their imagination and formulate creative learning methods. What inspired the design of the project? Numerous designs within the project were inspired by the school students’ drawings of a futuristic tech campus. From rainbow-colored ceilings, data pipelines across the floors, to well-arranged space observation capsules, children’s colorful imagination and infinite curiosity are materialised through design in reality. What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project? The toughest hurdle for our team was figuring out how to break the boundaries of traditional schools, making the existing teaching space more adaptable to future teaching concepts and trends, facilitating the inclusion of new curriculums, and encouraging children to enjoy the learning process and grow in an innovative environment. What was your team’s highlight of the project? Our design team have selected and refined certain elements from the children’s drawings, and employed different color schemes that resonate with each specific course of the school’s STEM curriculum. Aside from that, the designers have retained and optimized the large windows of the original space. Thus, the renovated STEM teaching space has become more student-friendly, interactive, and layered in visual presentation. Why did you enter this project into the SBID Awards? First of all, most of our team members graduated from design schools in the UK, so we know that SBID is a well-known and authoritative design organization. It has always been our goal to participate in SBID Awards. Secondary, evaluated by a panel of distinguished, industry-leading experts for design functionality, innovation, creativity, and technical execution, an SBID Award is considered one of the most coveted accolades for design excellence. Success in this GOLD-rated Awards programme demonstrates the highest level of design skill and professional mastery across the interior design profession. Questions answered by Chen Song, Associate Design Director, Lineworks Studio. View the project We hope you feel inspired by this week’s design! If you missed the last instalment of Project of the Week, featuring an elegant and sophisticated residential design by CHIL Interior Design, click here to read it.