Designed by non-profit company wonderlabz, Forscherwelt is tailored to the needs of its young target group and differs markedly from conventional labs. In addition, Forscherwelt offers retreat spaces and rooms for relaxation, meetings, communication, presentations and movement.
Forscherwelt – a creative learning environment at Henkel Headquarters
The floors, furniture, lighting and ceiling panels are coordinated, increasing the visibility of the individual function rooms. They help the children find their bearings and prevent them from feeling lost in what is, to them, an alien environment. In the safe space of Forscherwelt, the children can concentrate on what they are doing.
Design elements such as the ceiling panels and curtains have dual functions, providing noise protection and at the same time playing a key role in determining the lighting effect.
The overall goal of the architectural concept is to create an atmosphere in which the children feel at ease and to provide an ideal environment where they can learn while having fun.
“Forscherwelt fosters individualized learning, with children’s needs at the center of its architectural concept. The multi-optional spatial concept allows the children to work closely with one another at the ʻResearcher Islands’ and come together to think about and present what they have learned on the ʻMountain of Knowledge.ʼ There is also space for free play and informal interaction around the ʻSun Worm’.”
Thomas Laqua, CEO of Wonderlabz
The design of the Forscherwelt has received three awards from renowned design competitions: