New School in Manhattan Reimagines Education Through Design — And We Want It

We’re a pretty satisfied bunch, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t covetous. Sometimes we see things out there that we just must have. Cool Things We Want is an archive of those earthly desires.

We don’t know what your educational institution was like when you were a little kid, but we would have much preferred the brand new WeGrow school in New York City, with its four classrooms, art studio, music room, workshop spaces, and several awesome play areas.

Bjarke Ingels Group may have designed it for children between the ages of three and nine, but we’re coveting it as an office space, which is kind of fitting considering how the mostly open plan school is attached to co-working giant WeWork‘s Manhattan headquarters. Since we likely couldn’t fit in the little cocoon hideaways pictured, we kindly ask that they be made bigger (and possibly stronger) for us so that they can better accommodate our adult frames.

“For our first location in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, we partnered with Bjarke Ingels Group to create a beautiful indoor learning environment. The design starts from the premise of a school universe at the level of the child. A field of super-elliptic objects forms a learning landscape that’s dense and rational – yet free and fluid. Modular classrooms, tree houses and a vertical farm promote an inclusive and collaborative learning environment. Acoustic clouds, natural materials and neutral colors create a calm setting for the child’s focused study. Playful and transparent, yet homelike and structured, WeGrow nurtures the child’s education through introspection, exploration and discovery.”

Photos by Dave Burk and Laurian Ghinitoiu.

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