Kids Science Labs Pop Up
Chicago, Illinois / United States of America
To expand their ability to reach more students, Kids Science Labs, a group of hands-on science learning centers, asked us to design a temporary ‘pop-up’ classroom that is deployable anywhere, in any space, at varying scales. Its first outing was in a warehouse at the annual multi-day camp for the families of employees of a large corporation in Indianapolis. Similar to the other facilities we’ve designed for KSL, the classroom becomes an active participant in the interactive learning process. Double-sided modular wall panels, one side tack board and one side marker board, are staggered and, with the addition of an overhead friction-fit gusset, create a self-supporting modular structural system. The offset creates an interstitial passageway that acts as a threshold between the tightly focused classroom inside and the unplanned residual areas surrounding it, shaping different spaces for different activities. Best of all, the thirty classroom panels and gussets, constructed by a local scenery builder in just two weeks for only $25,000, quickly flat-pack onto two carts so they can be easily transported and stored for future use.