We had worked with Lee May Anne, the Principal Architect of MAKK Architects on a few projects in the past. When we mooted the idea of designing a centre that defied traditional notions of tuition, she was very happy to work with us in conceptualising and creating our new home.
We asked May Anne to share a few words about her design:
A tuition centre with a difference. The first of its kind that celebrates literally The EDUcation Experience that combines the ethos of its founders – knowledge without boundaries, as manifested in their logo. It offers topics and levels that do not limit to a specific age group, acknowledging that every individual learns at a different pace. This is the ‘buffet-style’ of classes that my Client first broached to me. An interesting concept that runs consistent with the idea of breaking-out-of-the-boundary (box). My Client took the effects of COVID-19 pandemic situation seriously, hence providing maximum flexibility with certain level of nomadism to accommodate any unpredictable changes is an important part of the brief. The digital interface within classrooms is one key learning experience with digital whiteboards and furniture easily re-orientated and reconfigured to accommodate the required social distancing in a blink of an eye.
Extending its key ethos into the physical space, the receiving space broadens the idea of “breaking boundaries” with a 3-dimensional visual play by using anamorphism as a technique. Each space engages one by playing with one’s point-of-view. Meaningless dashes of colours will only make sense from specific point of views. It starts to fragment once one shifts away from the specific points. Changing shades of primary colours are strategically deployed across different surfaces to construct this shifting perspectives as one meanders through the pockets of spaces. With every shift, the visitor constructs and re-constructs a shifting ‘frame’ from the specific point-of-view.
Nestled in the secluded corner is the Lounge where waiting parents can get some work done in a comfortable environment, designed to reflect a home-away-from-home with a hospitable touch in its finishings.