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Friday 06 Sep 2013
Masquespacio present their latest project 2Day Languages school in central Valencia, Spain. The studio specialized in the interior design and branding to create an identity for the language facility.
2Day Languages is represented by a flag that is fused with a text bubble including the three fundamental characteristics of language learning: the levels, the goal and the conversation. The design also integrates the historic values from the city of Valencia that mixes modern and old architecture; a fusion symbolized in this new Spanish school through its neoclassical architecture and the intervention from Masquespacio’s designers.
The space is developed over 183 sq m containing three classrooms, a staff room and a lounge. Each of the classrooms and common rooms are a defragmentation from the brand identity of 2Day Languages and also incorporate parts of the Spanish language and the architecture of Valencia. In first place it can be seen that the classrooms are containing the three brand colours, which in turn are a representation of the three levels A, B and C established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, here seen as the colours blue, yellow and pink. Every classroom contains a different colour that is fading as if presenting the progress in language learning.
Ana Milena Hernández Palacios, creative director of Masquespacio comments:
“As in the classrooms the students and their teachers are the protagonists, we wanted to limit our intervention to a minimum, without forgetting the freshness and ‘good feeling’ that needed to breathe each space, as well as the importance to equalize the mix between modern decoration and the beauty of the neoclassical architecture of the building. We opted for warm materials like pine to generate pleasurable sensations with functional features to make easier the school operations. 2 tables instead of 1 in each classroom were chosen to be separated and stacked during activities. Also the chairs were chosen to offer maximum comfort to the students and with stack options for better circulation during activities.”
Getting out of the classrooms in the common areas, where the students of the different levels meet each other, levels and colours are mixed together. This begins in the reception and carries through the hall through little shreds from the gradient colours added to the bottom part of the wooden ceiling. Last but not least the lounge room follows the same unity of colours, but this time merged into the decorative elements subtracted from the brand identity.
Masquespacio wanted to remain true to its philosophy traduced into creativity, identity and democratic design always under the concept of designing a space to live and enjoy with a freshness that makes the users feel comfortable while being overwhelmed by emotions generated by the space itself.
Photo Credit: David Rodríguez