bjarke ingels group plans 'conscious and entrepreneurial' school in new york bjarke ingels group plans 'conscious and entrepreneurial' school in new york
nov 12, 2017

bjarke ingels group plans 'conscious and entrepreneurial' school in new york

hot on the heels of completing the LEGO house in denmark, bjarke ingels group has now revealed plans for a new micro-school in new york. according to BIG, the design for WeGrow — the first school of office-sharing brand WeWork — seeks to ‘undo the compartmentalization often found in traditional school environments and reinforces the significance of engaging kids in an interactive environment’.

BIG wegrow
all images by BIG / courtesy of WeGrow

 

 

rebekah neumann, WeWork’s founding partner and chief brand officer, describes WeGrow as ‘a new conscious, entrepreneurial school committed to unleashing every child’s superpowers’. bjarke ingels’ design comprises modular classrooms, treehouses, digital portals, and even a vertical farm designed to promote an inclusive and collaborative teaching environment. throughout the interiors, which have been designed to be both ‘homelike’ and ‘structured’, natural materials have been paired with neutral colors to create an atmosphere conducive to learning.

BIG wegrow
natural materials have been paired with neutral colors

 

 

‘we hope to reimagine the very idea of a classroom as elementary school-age children begin to identify their callings and apprentice under employees and members already living that dream,’ continues neumann. ‘curriculums will be created around meaningful local cultures and environments so that learning can be hands-on and experiential.’

BIG wegrow
the first WeGrow school will open in fall 2018

 

 

opening in fall 2018, the first WeGrow will be located in new york’s chelsea neighborhood and will welcome children ages 3 through 9, adding ages 2 and older the following year. the school, which will have multiple scholarship programs available, will be open to WeWork members, employees, and local communities.

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