▼视频，video © Taiwan Design Research Institute
The value of aesthetic education courses is gradually becoming acknowledged in education circles. New Taipei Municipal Xintai Junior High School leads the way in advocating the transformation of classroom spaces for the purposes of aesthetic education. After deliberating that the classroom spaces used by students would also become an aspect of aesthetics education, the design team came up with the concept of Aesthetic Lab. The hope is that the classroom will become a place for student’s to seek and explore aesthetics knowledge, turning it into a receptacle for the chemical reaction between rational knowledge and perceptual imagination.
▼空间概览，overview © Bole Studio
view before renovation and the axonometric after renovation 左 © EdiTrio Studio; 右 © clousform laboratory
The first step of the transformation process was making the space a blank canvas. Encompassed by white interior walls and ceilings, children’s rich and diverse imaginations are able to run freely. The entire front wall of the classroom is a whiteboard, freeing teachers from the constraints of traditional blackboards, while the back wall gradually graduates from a white color to a mirrored surface, expanding sense of space while marking the transition between fantasy and reality. Furthermore, in order to give students a more complete and pure visual experience, the colors of the space were strictly controlled, with all of the facilities and equipment inside the classroom rendered white. The only colors that were left to flow throughout the space were the four primary colors.
▼将教室化为白纸，making the space a blank canvas © Bole Studio
▼鲜明色彩点缀空间，the four primary colors leaving to the white space © Bole Studio
▼参与美学创作的场所，a place for aesthetic creation © Bole Studio
The colors flowing down from the ceiling are the visual focal point of the entire space. The central island integrates water faucets, outlets, storage space, and other functions in the center of the classroom. The purpose of centralized storage is to return the space to the users by maximizing the usage area and accommodating the moving of student desks and folding chairs used for meeting the needs of different course requirements. For example, the space appearance can be rearranged freely for the usages of small group creation, lectures, and exhibitions. During the modification of storage spaces, teachers were also advised to cooperate in using storage boxes to classify teaching materials and equipment. The placement of the storage boxes can be adjusted according to size and frequency of use in order to more effectively utilize teaching materials and avoid unnecessary clutter. Students can also use the top of the central island’s storage cupboard as a tabletop for project operations such as editing projects.
▼美感实验中岛，the central island integrates water faucets © Bole Studio
▼作为空间的视觉焦点，the visual focal point of the entire space © Bole Studio
▼作为收纳空间使用，the centralized storage furniture © Bole Studio
▼颜色滴灌细部，details of the color flowing installation © Bole Studio
Additionally, it can be used as a platform for the display of projects at semester-end exhibitions, wherein upon students’ replacing of the ceiling’s rail-mounted lights with projection lights to illuminate their projects, the classroom is transformed into an exhibition space. It is hoped that through the presentation of works in the exhibitions, students can achieve a new level of experience in aesthetics learning, and even connect it with life experiences. Learning from experience is another one of this space’s design strategies.
▼投射灯照亮展示作品，projection lights to illuminate the projects © Bole Studio
The space adheres to the visual composition techniques of equal balance, centering, and symmetry, and applies the golden ratio to the dimensions of the items inside the classroom. While intangible concepts are conveyed to students, the flowing lines on the floor are a manifestation of the knowledge applied within the space. The four colors draw out the central axis of the space and the golden ratio, doubling as teaching materials for aesthetics exploration in the classroom. And since this classroom has already been imbued with rich knowledge, it is up to the students to come in and make discoveries.
▼构图技巧的运用，the visual composition techniques of equal balance © clousform laboratory
▼空间构成分析图，composition of the space © clousform laboratory
▼地面上的黄金分割图案，the golden ratio on the floor © EdiTrio Studio
“Aesthetic Lab” is an educational space where rationality is used to narrate aesthetics, as well as a place where creative sensibilities flow freely and a laboratory for the reactions produced by the blending of imaginations.
▼VI设计，VI design © Bole Studio
▼学习与体验的场景，scenes of experiences © Bole Studio
计划名称 | 学美 • 美学-校园美感设计实践计划
改造学校 | 新北市新庄区 新泰国中
改造目的 | 生物专科教室 改造为 美感课程教室
设计团队 | 非常态空间制作所
位置地点 | 新北市新庄区
指导单位 | 教育部
执行单位 | 台湾设计研究院TDRI
照片出处 | 台湾设计研究院TDRI
空间摄影 | 艾迪雀创意影像、伯乐影像-陈弘轩
Name: Aesthetic Lab
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Design: CloudForm Laboratory
Client: New Taipei Municipal Xintai Junior High School
Advised by: Ministry of Education
Organized by: Taiwan Design Research Institute
Project Name: plan Design Movement on Campus
Photo Credit: Taiwan Design Research Institute
Photography: EdiTrio Studio, Bole Studio-Jason Chen