China recently opened the doors to its first design museum, and its target audience and focus may not be what you'd expect. The Kids Museum of Glass is an interactive, educational experience targeted at teaching children ages 4-10 the basics of glass.
Located in Shanghai, the museum includes a glass city, theaters, drawing and creative DIY spaces, two cafes and a party space. Children can use the multi-media installations to learn about the fundamentals of glass — such as how a glass prism works and how lightning can create glass. The sleek, industrial-looking space is made welcoming and visually appealing with the use of bright splashes of color, gridded bridges, geometric floor patterns, and open floor plans with lots of space for kids to explore and create. Housed in a rehabbed building that formerly served as an industrial workshop, the museum’s vibe wavers between urban and playful and incorporates green design elements including special air filters for creating a clean and healthy playtime (a definite concern in smog-ridden China). The materials within the 20,000 plus square feet museum were also specially chosen for their sustainability as well as durability.
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