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WeWork is a co-working space that now has 502 locations around the world with 5,000 employees and headquartered in New York, but were not going to talk about their coworking spaces here, in this blog we are going to featuring their school – called WeGrow!
The company stunned everyone in its venture on starting up its own school called WeGrow – a private school for kids aged 3 through students in grade 4 located in WeWork’s HQ in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and collaborated with Bjarke Ingels Group
“a new conscious, entrepreneurial school committed to unleashing every child’s superpowers.” Exact words from Rebekah Neumann, Founder & CEO of WeGrow and Founding Partner & Chief Brand Officer of WeWork as she described the school in a blog post.
The interiors by Bjarke Ingels Group features an interactive learning landscape that aims to foster the growth, spirit and mind of the new generation in a 10,000 sqft space. The learning landscape encourages collaboration by emphasizing transparent and communal spaces, which comprise more than half of the school: four classrooms, flexible workshops, community space, multi-purpose studio, art studio, music room and other playscapes support the energy of creation and togetherness.
Each learning station includes furniture with details and materials carefully designed by BIG to optimize the educational environment: modular classrooms promote movement and collaboration, puzzle tables and chairs manufactured by Bendark Studios come in kid and parent sizes to offer equal perspectives, and the vertical garden with tiles made in Switzerland by Laufen house different plants depending on shade exposure. The mushroom shelves and magic meadow create a calm setting for a more focused study while reading hives form an immersive library for an organic learning environment.
Teachers and parents share the lobby with the children, where a playful felt nook forms from the smooth cut out in the walls to serve as a flexible work, meet and waiting area. WeGrow’s lights are by Gople Lamp and Alphabet of Light – flexible lighting systems designed by BIG Ideas and manufactured by Artemide created a comfortable ambience with natural lighting throughout the school day.
The company’s aim is to be able to give the parents the chance to drop their children off at school in the same building where they work. Not only this, the company is looking to replicate the said school in many of the 52 cities where we work operates. Giving the opportunity to parents who travel for work or need to move for work purposes to transfer their child from one WeGrow outpost to another. Giving parents a chance to be there even when they’re working – the best of both worlds.