The OK Center in Bucharest is more than just an after-school spot for Romanian teenagers to take courses geared toward financial literacy. In the words of concept architect Yasmin Asan, whose firm designed the interiors, it’s an “anti-boredom place.” No yawn-inducing grids of desks and chalkboards here.
Instead, Cumulus turned the 11,000-square-foot space—originally full of “maze-like corridors,” Asan says—into “an exhibition route marked by elements of interest: ‘pockets’ of play.” Niches of plywood serve as meeting and studying areas, organized by aluminum wayfinders dyed in yawn-resistant reds, purples, and yellows.
“The space speaks of itself,” Asan says. “The user can perhaps understand where a pipe comes from and where it goes or learn the source of the wood for furniture and the cost of the bench they are sitting on.” In other words, it’s a space full of teachable moments.