LUC LUJIAZUI CAMPUS & FGA PUJIANG CAMPUS
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With the huge changes and developments happening in our modern society, teaching and learning practices are undergoing huge changes. A major consideration when thinking about best practice in education these days is the design and development of the school environment.
The LUC Education Group is an international bilingual education group focusing on Bilingual Early Years Education, currently having two major brands: LUC (The Little Urban Center) and FGA (Future Grow Academy). The LUC, a member school of Council of British International Schools, uses the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum for England for Year 1. FGA (Future Grow Academy) builds on LUC’s base by combining CALTECH STEM and art into the EYFS and Year 1 curriculum to further enhance and develop the skills and attributes needed in the future to become successful, well rounded global citizens of the future. VIRTUARCH created the interior design for the LUC Lujiazui campus and for the FGA Pujiang campus.
Learning Space Reconstruction
In recent years, learning space reconstruction has become a buzz topic within educational reform initiatives, and it is highlighted as being one of the future trends for developing best practice in education.
LUC Lujiazui Campus lobby designed by VIRTUARCH
FGA Pujiang Campus lobby designed by VIRTUARCH
With VIRTUARCH’s help on re-designing learning spaces, LUC is able to identify and integrate more suitable and innovative teaching practices to meet the needs of a diverse range of students with different learning styles. It also allows LUC, as educator, to utilize the environment to facilitate new growth in young learners.
Stimulating imagination with curiosity is the first step towards the future of education.
LUC Education Group has always been an advocate of educating to prepare our learners for their future success, while investing in research and development of progressive teaching and learning practices.
VIRTUARCH set huge French window on one side for natural light, allowing children to observe and develop understanding of the wider world. Such external stimulus can peak children’s curiosity and imagination, helping them to form views and opinions of their own.
Interior design is a catalyst for learning.
Both LUC and FGA use soft and simple tones as the basis for the interior design at their campuses.
LUC lobby in Morandi color
LUC art classroom
LUC standard classroom
The simple and natural colors make students feel that their school environment is warm and inviting; it helps them to quickly calm their separation anxiety and it makes it easier for them to focus on their learning journey.
FGA standard classroom
Most of classrooms at the FGA campus are designed with French windows, providing lots of natural light so that children can maintain a healthy lifestyle and engage with the outdoor world, getting up close with nature throughout the school day.
An indoor space that is both dynamic and static, respecting the different individual learning styles.
The open reading space designed with high ceilings, reaching up to 7 meters, and perfectly fitted lighting creates a comfortable learning atmosphere, allowing children to maintain focused when reading.
Communal space and protected crawl-in reading spaces
David Sobel, an expert in the field of experiential education, once proposed that “adventure” is one of the seven key elements for children’s growth. The combination of dynamic and static spaces creates a fun and exploratory learning and play environment for students, allowing them to express themselves fully through a variety of mediums.
Outdoor Space –
Children’s Second Classroom
Research shows that living a healthy and balanced lifestyle has significant academic benefits for students.
Covered terrace of FGA Campus
Regular outdoor play and exercise is shown to improve skills such as creativity and problem-solving. Opportunities for students to be outside and experience nature also engage them in topics such as environmentalism.
VIRTUARCH creates both campus adhere to LUC primary principle of “safety first” and “everything for children”, whose integration of new design elements from the future of education promotes the comprehensive learning and development of LUC students.
What education is the best for the future?
All educators are working hard to develop the whole child.
What is the best environment to educate our students for their future?
A place where everyone feels safe and comfortable.
An environment which not only allows, but encourages, every educator to demonstrate their devotion, passion and professionalism
A place where children’s potential can be realized, by supporting them to become active learners and providing them with the skills necessary to deal with future challenges.
How does VIRTUARCH’s design support LUC education?
VIRTUARCH transfers the LUC educational philosophy into design concept. What we are looking for is a space that is constantly intriguing children’s curiosity. The rich elements and details in VIRTUARCH’s design help children to develop their independent thinking.
What do you like most about the new campus?
The soft and simple Morandi colors are my favorite. It not only distinguishes LUC from other kindergartens, but also allows children to develop a sense of art at a very early stage.
Would you like to work with VIRTUARCH again in the future?
Definitely. VIRTUARCH has rich experiences and expertise on educational programs. The design they present is fully based on a deep understanding of the LUC educational philosophy, which is impressive. They are professionals who really take client needs into consideration.
Founder and Chairman,
LUC Education Group
PROJECT NAME: LUC LUJIAZUI CAMPUS & FGA PUJIANG CAMPUS
CLIENT: LUC EDUCATION GROUP
LOCATION: SHANGHAI, P.R.CHINA
PROJECT SIZE: 5,000 sqm & 3,000 sqm
PROJECT DATE: 2018
SERVICES: INTERIOR DESIGN