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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The emotive playscape - kids’ shopping arcade cum playhouse!

By Ar. Vinita Wagh
Photography: Ng Siu Fung; courtesy the designer
Read Time: 2 mins
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K11 MUSEA Donut Playhouse (inset) Founder-Designer, Panorama Design Group - Horace Pan

Conceived by Panorama Design Group in central Hong Kong, the K11 MUSEA is a kids’ shopping arcade cum playhouse – the very first of its kind. 

The K11 MUSEA Donut Playhouse is a study in psychology, weaving a distinct narrative and culling out an exclusive spatial experience as it binds together colour and emotion. 

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Locker Room & Lift Lobby 
"concierge K11 MUSEA Donut Playhouse Panorama Design Group indiaartndesign"
Concierge

With an aim to create an arcade that transcends reality, the firm designs the edu-shopping centre to spark imagination and playfulness. Covering an area of 2000 sq. m., the three-storied structure creates a surprising first impression as it steps into the basement that comes alive with abstract forms and unmistakable colour.

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Plan
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Sketch

The design follows an open plan, with three demarcated zones – the ‘body’, the ‘mind’ and the ‘soul’, each evoking a visceral reaction that encourages a unique action. The simplistic viewpoint of a child informs their creation. Manipulating the basic elements of a point, line and plane, the zones take on a minimal, organic character to allow exploration while enhancing physical, mental and spiritual growth. 

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Play Zone
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Family Cafe

The ‘body’ suggests the active and energetic zone, comprising of a play area and a family café. Bathed in bright yellow, it stimulates joy and vigour, enhancing muscle coordination and development in children. 

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Mind Zone & Entrance

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Mind Zone

The ‘mind’ represents focus and restfulness – a learning hub that accommodates workshops and lessons. The green landscape resonates with memory building, while the flexible furniture enables varied activities and draws interest. 

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Classroom
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Soul Zone

The ‘soul’ zone prompts creativity and expression, taking the form of a mirror-finished tree that acts as a display device. A digital ring displays the artwork created by the children, indulging them through multimedia content.

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Way-finding - boys and girls washrooms
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Washrooms

Public facilities like the concierge, washrooms, seating and directory cater to both adult and child ergonomics. The ground and the basement also connect with slides! The playhouse is a user-friendly, fun experience that builds closer human bonds, manifesting a child’s exciting, innocent imagination.

Fact File:
Project name:K11 MUSEA Donut Playhouse
Client: New World Development Company Limited  
Interior design:Panorama Design Group
Design Director:Horace Pan
Design Team: Wendy Lam, Rachel Wong, Katy Lau
Area: 2000 sq. m.
Location: Hong Kong



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