Check out these shots of the newly completed L'Atelier des Enfants (or Children's Workshop) at the Centre Pompidou, redesigned by Mathieu Lehanneur. The design caters to children between ages 2 and 12, alluding directly to a skate park with its rounded corners and floorboards.
Lehanneur wanted the children to feel unconstrained in their creativity:
I wanted to give children the immediate impression on entering the 'Ateliers' of an area without limits or constraints. I wanted them to feel like they were on a huge white sheet that needed to be filled. In all of my first sketches, I had an image of a skate-park in my mind for children-artists: an object-space which is experienced like a game. A far cry from the school universe. Floors and walls blend into one here and everything can be filled. Here, everything necessary to create is accessible but nothing is visible. Here the areas are so open that everything needs to be invented...
The workshop comprises of three areas: a workshop space for the youngest children (2-5 years), a workshop for those aged 6-12; and a large activity area suitable for anything from choreography sessions to sound installations.
In August, another redesign by Lehanneur for the Centre Pompidou will be unveiled, so stay tuned!
Hit the jump for more shots of L'Atelier des enfants.