Nubo, Alexandria

Designed by: PAL Design Group
For client: Little Seashell Pty Ltd Floor area: 768.00 M² Year of completion: 2017
Nominated for: 年度学习空间

About the Project

Nested within a three-storey space in Sydney’s Alexandria, Nubo is carefully designed for children aged from 0 to 10 - a stimulating and inclusive learning environment to encourage boundless imagination. With its name suggesting a tribute to clouds, Nubo is indeed designed for 'pure play', freedom and creativity. Children are invited to free their imagination and learn from nature at their own pace.

The challenge is to strip away the playcentre cliché and focus on an uncomplicated space that allows for communication and growth between families, a space supporting family interaction through early learning. To generate an environment where children are respected yet always stimulated, meanwhile encouraging parents to engage and interact with them during that process.

What’s unique about it

The overall design takes a minimalist approach to remove unnecessary decoration - with just enough for the children to invent their own games. Soft lighting, natural materials, neutral palettes and curves help to create a safe, calm but boundless environment for children to explore.

Nubo’s holistic approach boasts a range of elements and tools to nurture healthy minds, bodies and spirits. Features include a library designed as a landscape weaved around a giant hot air balloon where kids can curl up to read their favourite books; a building room full of Big Blue Blocks, MagFormers and Kaleido Gears; a zone for active play including an architecture for play where kids can slide, climb and hide; the Café with an emphasis on healthy eating, a range of classrooms for children’s master classes including cooking, art, music, coding and facilitated play sessions.

The space encourages children to explore the tangible world in a feast of sights and sounds - even hand-washing can be a fun learning checkpoint in an adorable octopus-themed washroom. Beyond the campus, the children take home useful lessons and great fun, they can fully indulge in their insatiable curiosity and channel their energy into all sorts of activities in a safe, inclusive and creative environment.

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