Hippocampus Learning Centres

Design Brief
Conceptualize, detail and prototype a standardized design solution of furniture units and space layout for Hippocampus Learning Centres (HLC).
The solution has to be low cost and easily implemented across 100 centres in Karnataka.
The furniture should cater to; The Teachers, the Students and the Pedagogic Tools, and a task based implementation of the space layout must be the offered solution.

Our Approach:

  • Creating a cohesive brand experience. Currently missing in existing centers
  • Make furniture the “feature unit” for HLC. Children/ teachers/ parents can recognize, aspiration value.
  • Low cost, local material & production friendly.
  • Departmentalize displays on wall for effective learning experience.
  • Easy in installation, No civil work = Free-standing units.

Furniture Unit:

  • Plan & compartmentalize requirements in a single furniture unit for storage & display
  • Make it the “feature unit” for Hippocampus Learning Centre.
  • Low cost, local material & production friendly.

Final output:

  • Design: Research & Conceptualization of designs.
  • Execution: Prototype Development and execution at site
  • Manual: A visual aide for the users to use, assemble/ disassemble the units and maintenance. This design manual was used to train the staff of Hippocampus to execute and scale the new design and format across Karnataka.

Project Impact:

  • Helped improve the physical learning environment of these centres within the local constraints of space, functionality, execution and within a small budget. Accessible design of furniture for students & teachers of learning and teaching material.
  • Infrastructure cost saving for a single HLC: decreased by 32 % of original budget of a standardized execution cost.
    Teachers in the centre were more organized and efficiently managed resources. Supported teacher to teach and engage students more effectively.
  • Students were able to focus better on learning material displayed, they were more responsive to teachers.
    The design of class with colour coding helped students to recognise and relate to the environment along with teachers. More child friendly colours (yellow & green) as against previous aggressive colour used (red) in the centre.
  • Created a more cohesive “design experience” for Hippocampus Learning Centres that was also recognizable teachers, students and parents as a “brand”.

More about our design approach for our project are here