These architectural interventions into the existing spaces of a school in Berlin aim to provide experientially engaging spaces. Assuming that sensory experience is crucial to stimulate emotional identification and positive behavioural responses, the spaces were developed through a collaborative design approach involving users, client and architect. The children’s fantastical worlds triggered new environments such as the ‘Kaleidoscope Gallery’: a gallery of mirrors optically dissolving the geometrical space of the hallway or ‘Fire Wings’, horizontal and sloped surfaces on which the children can lie down, sit or slide. The interventions activated communication, encouraged pupils to overcome language barriers and became a social catalyst in a socially disadvantaged neighbourhood. Susanne Hofmann is funder of Baupiloten, an experimental architectural studio bridging education, practice and research. Photography: Jan Bitter.