Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Modern Playhouses for Kids Under Cover


Open House by Nixon Tulloch Fortey

Can I get an adult version of this?  Six amazing playhouses were designed and built for the 2011 Cubby House Village at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.   They're all great designs, but this one really caught my eye.

Here's the write up on Open House:
Open House has been designed like a life-size toy, It’s singular material and object like form is intended to appeal to a child’s perception of a house – four walls, a pitched roof and a chimney - much like a Monopoly House. Whilst the exterior is very literal at first glance, “Open House” needs to be ‘unpacked’, which provides a flexible and ever-changing dynamic that allows the end user to create a myriad of real and imagined spaces.
Elements take on multiple identities – the wall that folds down to open the ‘house’ up to the garden also becomes a deck, or maybe a drawbridge, or maybe a shop window. One or more features can be unpacked at any one time. Once fully unpacked or opened, there is potential for a number of children to play in and around “Open House”.
With its contemporary detailing yet traditional form, “Open House” has the flexibility to sit well within any backyard. The design of “Open House” means it’s up to the proud home owner to decide just how it looks and works – giving them a sense of ownership of their very own abode.

The Milk Bar by Good Constructions & Atkinson Pintifex, with Maddison Architects

The Milk Bar is crafted using iconic Australian materials. Recycled milk crates are stacked together to form the exterior walls and these are weather proofed with form-ply lining. A canvas awning rooftop provides the perfect cover and ventilation.
The Milk bar was designed by leading Australian architect and TV personality, Peter Maddison –host of the highly successful first series Grand Designs Australia.
The design objective was to provide something that was funky, recyclable and reusable which children could really interact with. Another unique feature of this cubby house is how simple it is to construct, and it’s extremely environmentally friendly!
Whilst both Good Constructions and Atkinson Pontifex have built award winning architectural homes it is a first for them to build something from milk crates and canvas!

For more information -
Kids Under Cover
State of Green


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