The office and kindergarten in Shenzhen Upper Hills


The concept of GymboreePlay & Music finds its brightest expression in the school of Shenzhen Upper Hills, a space of over 2000 square metres, which accommodates the offices of Gymboree employees as well as the classrooms. 


In this case the whole school - and not just the classrooms - is an immersive and highly experiential space.  Colours, shapes and geometries become tools for giving life to an imaginative world, which characterises the corridors, transit areas, the reception, the bar, the common areas and the classrooms. The central garden with playground allows children to interact and play in the open air.


The offices are located on the upper floor and accommodate the entire Gymboree team in Shenzhen with meeting rooms and training areas, bar and kitchen.

The lavish programme of collateral activities - such as gymnastics and cooking classes - is also open to parents, who can enjoy themselves while their children are having fun in class. 


Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, Tiziano Vudafieri and Claudio Saverino


Anna Petrara, Stefano Piontini, Ana Arango, Iris Cai, Kun Yang


Alan Grillo