Thursday, March 24, 2011

Modern Play Structure

After seeing Jill's backyard play space (previous post), I have begun to think more about the degree of enclosure necessary to create a playhouse.  Children have such wonderful imaginations, something as simple as a change in ground material or an elevated platform could quickly become a castle and in the next minute transform into a rocket ship.  So with that in mind, how much of a visual barrier is really required to create a space?  I do see the value in having a private little nook tucked away from the rest of the world, but  in some cases, such as on a school playground, you may need to see the children at all times.  There are some great examples out there of creative ways to minimally define play spaces, and I'm on the look out, so if you know of one send it my way. 

The design above is by  Truitt Foug Architects.  I love the modern shape and chunky structure!  I can imagine kids climbing the walls of this one!  If you look closely you can see a second floor or loft area.  It appears to be 6x6's (I'm guessing size) resting on the horizontals that make up the walls.  Sometimes the most basic straightforward designs are the best.  Also, notice that the entire play space was pulled off using only one material.  Ok, one material and fasteners, but still. 

It still amazes me that there is such variety in playhouse design.  It's great to go from looking at a highly ornate playhouse of the past to minimalist modern structure like this one!

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