From XL To XXS-The Story of a Daycare Space

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My undergraduate thesis focuses on incorporating an urban sensibility at various architectural scales: from the intimate bodily engagement at the extra small scale to the organizational order of extra-large. A site in the town of Blacksburg (where Virginia Tech is located) is reconfigured as a town itself with a pedestrian friendly daycare center. The architecture of the daycare center is interpreted as fragments of urban experiences within the context of the site, rather than an autonomous building. The overall intention is to create a detour that transforms the vehicular view of the urban context into a pedestrian-oriented civic space. The injection of small interventions spread around the downtown site aims to change the experience of the daily space.

Envisioning a space for children and the elderly, I didn’t aim to invent, but rather listen to the site, find connections from my life experiences and research, and try to anticipate the possible ways users might use the spaces. Child-Adult daycare centers are places for communication and learning. In these places, the children who represent the future meet the elderly who already have a wealth of life experiences. The architecture aims to provide a quality physical environment for these two groups to meet and through its design provide more opportunities for them to learn and grow from being with each other during the time they spend here.

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Design for the diverse set of users, including children,people with wheelchair, and casual user.

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Flexible Furniture - providing the playful environment for kids

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