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- 02/04/14--17:31: _A parking lot in Ne...
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- 02/19/14--20:29: _Monstrum creating u...
- 03/02/14--21:24: _Article 2
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- 03/06/14--12:31: _Iconic art is re-im...
- 03/09/14--14:26: _Garden for Children...
- 03/09/14--17:12: _Congrats to Colling...
- 03/10/14--13:00: _Rowena's colourful ...
- 03/11/14--13:03: _Pathways ECI a non-...
- 03/14/14--18:24: _Prisma modular furn...
- 03/16/14--15:59: _Architects and buil...
- 03/17/14--16:49: _Sensation Paths to ...
- 03/24/14--15:53: _Make it Modular!
- 03/26/14--12:58: _Humanitarian (and '...
- 03/27/14--14:11: _Kids Room Décor
- 04/02/14--17:13: _How many eggs can y...
- 04/02/14--19:06: _Patterns and surfac...
- 04/09/14--21:42: _Roof = Slide
- 02/19/14--20:29: Monstrum creating unique monster playgrounds across Denmark
- 03/02/14--21:24: Article 2
- TEGU: The Pocket Pouch - Prism 6 Piece Set - Tints from CleverBastards.
- Plywood Art - Rain Cloud from Collected.
- Bunny Night Light from Collected.
- Coat Rack City from Clippings.
- Star T-shirt from Talc Boutique.
- Safari Cookie Cutters from Collected.
- Leopard Coat from Coaters.
- Bear Hoodie from Talc Boutique.
- Confetti Pillowcase from Collected.
- 03/09/14--14:26: Garden for Children Exhibition
- Chromacut - collaborative between Rachel O'Connor and Rowena Martinich nad young artists with artwork displayed on the glass facade of the SIGNAL youth arts space in Northbank, Melbourne. Artists have used luminous paints and vinyl cut outs to create a giant sticker installation in conjunction with night-time projection.
- Chromaphos at Euroluce - Shattered forms and luminous brushtrokes splay across the façade of Euroluce’s Melbourne showroom.
- Dagmar Rousset - Colourful knitwear storefront.
- Common Gesture - a 136 square metre painting installation adorned the facade of Building 15 at RMIT University - one of Melbourne's largest ever public paintings.
- Chromaphos at Euroluce - Shattered forms and luminous brushtrokes splay across the façade of Euroluce’s Melbourne showroom.
- Viachroma - Dandenong Station - a 17m long, double sided painting installation on the pedestrian overpass of Dandenong Station where more that 8,000 commuters passing through every day.
- 03/14/14--18:24: Prisma modular furniture can be configured in multiple ways
- 03/16/14--15:59: Architects and builders create cool "cubby houses" for a good cause
- 03/17/14--16:49: Sensation Paths to Sensation Architecture
- 03/24/14--15:53: Make it Modular!
- 03/27/14--14:11: Kids Room Décor
- 04/02/14--17:13: How many eggs can you find?
- 04/02/14--19:06: Patterns and surface design "has no limits"
- 04/09/14--21:42: Roof = Slide
Edible Schoolyard NYC's showcase preschool and primary school, P.S. 216 transforms a parking lot into a half-acre organic garden where children are taught how to harvest over 60 types of fruits, grains and vegetables.
The architectural system is designed to cater for learning and food preparation. Working together as a series of interlinked sustainable systems, these elements produce energy and heat, collect rainwater, process compost and sort waste to create an entirely off-grid structure.
The building breaks into three parts. The flowers correspond to the office and a generous classroom, lit from above and the side by circular windows. The slant roofed greenhouse is clad in translucent polycarbonate with an alumunium structure. In the back, coated in blue rubber, is the tool shed, a bathroom and cistern.
Fantails Childcare in the new Auckland sub-division of Silverdale does not shy away from the street. Rather it presents a bold "look at me" faceted glass facade, like that of the fantail from which it takes its inspiration.
Accommodating children aged six months to five years of age, Fantails designed by Collingridge and Smith, architects of the previously blogged and award-winning Te Mirumiru centre in Kawakawa is the third facility of its kind. Four intimate settings cater for 25 children (infants, toddlers, juniors and preschoolers) each.
Large windows (including clerestory) allow plenty of natural light to penetrate the internal spaces. While glass sliding doors on the northern side open up onto an outdoor landscaped play space, featuring both natural and man-made play elements including a fort and bike track.
The considered architectural design extends to the interior fit-out. Custom-designed child-scaled furniture and flexible storage modules allows the space to be broken up into a number of functional zones.
Via Collingridge and Smith Architects and Local Matters.
Many early childhood practitioners (parents, businesses, churches) are often overwhelmed with finding and fixing potential spaces for early childcare. With considering issues such as leasing, building application/consents, costing, and the programmatic requirements for the early childhood centre space - services, sanitary requirements, equipment, accessibility etc.
Baukind's expertise thus alleviates some of this stress, delivering a transformative space for early childhood education and care.
Kita Hisa is located in a previously used retail space. Baukind have cleverly used a number of tools to differentiate space and create a multitude of spatial experiences. Circular (painted in colours or blackboard, carpeted or mirrored) patterns stretch across the walls, floors and ceiling. Platforms, boxes and storage/furniture modules of differing sizes may be used for functional reasons (for storing toys, plants or sitting on) to purely for play. The integrated and considered design encourages discovery and exploration in the children who attend, as well as offering a distinct place for them to call their own.
Kindergarten Loftschloss is the first kindergarten in Berlin that is located in a shopping mall. The large 250 square metre space broken into smaller areas with the use of angled walls, which is then further broken down with storage, levels and holes.The colour scheme, furniture and built-in components makes for an integrated scheme, where the kids feel like they are explorers and conquerers of their surroundings.
Kita Spree Sprats
The Kita Spree Sprats was formerly a Shisha Cafe. The entrance/lobby area or "wardrobe" (as the Germans call it) features a boxed seating area with herbs and a collection of boxes for lost property. A blackboard sliding door takes you through to the "group" rooms or "classrooms" featuring organic "grass" mats. Wooden strips in front of the heaters are climbing aids and lined to be a 70 meter long marble run. A sculpted white ceiling and colourful floor painted semi up the walls implies a feeling of a landscape which is waiting to be explored.
Via Colossal and Dwell.
Turf rooftops, angled sliding walls and roofs doubling as stairs for sitting on (see link for Dezeen article), are all features that architects Dorte Mandrup have employed in their day-care centres that treat the building as a canvas for play.
Råå Day Care Center
Råå Day Care in Helsingborg, Sweden is connected to the local old fishing town's school. The architectural form an interpreation of the condensed viallge structure immersed in a dune.
The angled and undulating roof with skylights interspersed throughout, creates a multitude of spatial experiences for the children - to moving and irregular shaped shadows and light and a space to climb and sit on outside.
Marthagaarden Day Care Centre
Children's Culture House Ama'r
From Nild Regout, Head of Ama'r Children's Culture House:
"The Children’s Culture House mediates the varying scales of adjacent buildings through extruding and cutting their forms. The angles of the building are lowered to allow maximum sunlight to reach the neighboring courtyard. The expression of the Children’s Culture House is surprising and imaginative: the roof and facades are treated the same, and the House does not have a “start” and “end” as ordinary houses do."
The building is organised as a mountain with all insterior spaces being visually connected , bound by dynamic circulation. Flexible spaces and customised furniture enhance the children's creativity and active participation with the spaces.
The goal of the design is for the children to appreciate a number of experiences; namely to experience the elements: earth, wind, water and fire, to experience the change of seasons and hours, to experience the surroundings from different positions, up and down, close and from far away; and to be able to expose one self or hide , to be alone or together, to be quiet or noisy and wild.
Day Care Centre Skanderborggade
Features of the Day Care include a swing forest in the area underneath the slope from the rooftop to the classrooms, a circular turfed courtyard and slope with sticky plastic bean bags, and a colouful and spotty roof garden featuring mounds, sand boxes, a water zone and swings.
It is a design that shows tight restrictions may result in imaginative solutions.
Italian artist and architect Federico Babina explores the symbiotic relationship between architecture and art, and how they would interact with each other.
Designed by Mikido Endo (of Office Mikido), the architect wanted to present art not as something to think about but instead as something participants would feel through their bodies.
With a gently curved concrete structure, the building is covered by earth and grass on its roof and unglazed sides, integrating it with the landscape and paying homage to the tribe’s customs and history (‘Ngati Hine of a hundred hills’).
Rowena Martinich interrupts "dead" or "seen but never noticed" spaces with her vibrant brush strokes - giving to the passer-by an experience that makes one stop, contemplate and be inspired.
From Claire Anna Watson:"Today, the role of the public artist is to inject our cities, our urban and public spaces, with imaginative and creative possibilities. Public authorities realise that creativity has its place in enlivening spaces and encouraging community members to imagine – to be inspired, to feel reawakened."
It is a concept that reminds me of the Reggio preschools in Italy, whose first Diana Preschool featured large grid-like floor to ceiling windows - where children's semi-transparent or cut-out artworks were proudly displayed (see bottom-right).
It makes me wonder if children's creative capacities are in fact being utilised in the public realm, and the possibility for children to collaborate with artists in creating transient, "pop-up" artisitic installations. What a fantastic project not only for children, but for the wider public!
See below for a selection of Rowena's works in Melbourne...
Colour is carefully selected - used for transition space (the vertically clad soffits in an array of oranges, yellows and red) marking the event from passing from one space to another; and red doors signalling play rooms, while yellow doors signal a bathroom. Inside colour is neutral as to not detract from the hustle of activity occurring within.
Clerestory windows draw in morning light and the LED stip lighting and warm materials provide a sense of homeliness to the spaces. Integrated joinery (like the cubbies and cupboards seen above) shows the architect's consideration to detail. The handles - one big and one small, representing the relationship between carer and child.
Pathways offers a combination of day services that are located at the centre and home visit services that cover over 20 surrounding suburbs. The planning layout of the centre provides hot-desking space for staff who spend a lot of time on the road. Through the use of screens and intermediate break-out spaces a balance has been struck between the collective culture of the centre and the need for separation of individual staff.
The project is one that considers the views of the child and the wider community - staff, parents and caregivers. A robust, friendly and manageable facility - the design also through it's use of colour, texture and detailing appeals to the child's inquisitiveness and sensory experiences.
Via Adam @ RAW.
A concept which could be applied to an early childhood setting in configuring flexible spaces for the centre's diverse pedagogical needs.
A triangular wooden side table, a colourful rhomboid ottoman and couch create interesting geometric object arrangements while dividing space.
Leading Australian architects and builders are again tackling the Under Cover Cubby House Challenge, an annual competition demonstrating sustainable building design to create fun and unique play "cubbies", while raising money for Kids Under Cover who support homeless and at-risk children.
2011 Entry - 'The Milk Bar' by Good Constructions& Atkinson Pontifex, with Maddison Architects uses funky colourful recycled milk crates.
This year's event, including an auction and raffle is held at the Cubby House Village at the Melbourne International Flower Show from Wednesday 26 March to Sunday 30 March 2014 in Australia.
2014 Concept Entries
'King of the Castle' (left) by Carr Architecture& De Carolis is a reference to the dreams of young kids to be King's of their own castle on the playground! Featuring a fireman's pole and porthole windows, the form with its fluted top reflects the castle's tower embattlements.
Right, 'Cloud Climb' by Studio You Me & Tandem with Fridcorp& Luxe Property is a slick and 'modern' miniature home featuring a kitchen with island bench, blackboard walls, internal stair case to the first floor loft, operable roof and a suspended hammock floor.
Left is 'The Grubby' by Cedar Woods Properties and dKO Architecture with Madison Projects, which is based on children's building blocks. The design encourages children to immerse themselves in a world that they will build themselves; with an assortment of features including an interactive pegboard wall, climbing net, dress-ups and chalkboards.
'Switch' by Sabi Designs with Harris HMC (right) is designed to allow children to "switch on" their imaginations. The cubbie's 'tools' to accommodate this include a garden, wall art and LEGO. The construction utilises sustainable materials and techniques, solar energy and pump based rainwater.
Previous Years Entries
The 2011 winner designed by Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture with builder BD Projects is the 'Open House'....(via)
Also from 2012 is'The Bird's Nest', designed by Australian politician Ted Baillieu (previously an architect) and Australand. A cosy wee hideaway for "nesting" in.
It is great to see architects and builders getting together to create fun and playful spaces not only for the children but for the "inner child" in all. Not only is it a great cause, but advocates a way of designing for children that inspires the imagination.
Playscapes have posted these "sensation paths" or "barefoot parks" that are coming out of Europe, where one's "unshod foot" may experience a variety of elements and textures.
A fantastic idea which may be applied to early childhood environments.
Below from Barfuss Park are a number of ideas for building your own sensation path, including balancing beams, stone plates, knotted ropes hung from trees, mulch/bark, tree stumps, board walks, loose materials (like stones or sand), wading through water, scented gardens, mud pools and spaces for reflection or rest (e.g. a hammock or bench seat).
Literally, these can be incorporated into the early childhood setting.
Less literally, the notion of designing for the senses is not a new idea. Margaret McMillan heralded fresh air, sunlight and scented gardens to improve the health of the child. Maria Montessori and John Dewey advocated the "do it yourself" attitude with tasks and activities for the child's learning. Whereas Rudolf Steiner used architectural form, textures, shadow and light to create space that inspired the child's imagination.
It is prudent however to remember and reflect on how architecture responds to the child's many and varied senses.
Balance, acceleration and kinesthetic (awareness and perception of one's body) sense is important for a child's development. Thus architecture must allow children to "test" their physical capabilities and motor movements (run, skip, jump, slide etc) so that they may become confident individuals.
Floor to Wall Textures (Touch)
From left: Casal de la Joventut de Novelda by Crystalzoo, Nursery School by Rocamora Arquitectura and Sant Martí Primary and Infant School by SUMO Arquitectes + Yolanda Olmo.
Playful, textured and varied surfaces - inviting one to 'touch' may stretch across the floors and walls. Thus blurring the boundaries and infusing a sense of wonder or excitement into the architecture.
Natural Materials (Nature Experience)
From left: New Shoots Children's Centre by Collingridge and Smith, Heidelberg kindergarten by Behnisch Architekten and The Children’s School by Maryanne Thompson Architects.
Wood, grass, stones, rocks, sand, shrubs, water - all are natural elements offering a variety of sensorial experiences. From moving, rearranging, collecting and being able to feel texture and a sense of warmth or coldness.
Visual (Colour and Reflection)
From left: Mirror House by MLRP and Nursery School in Berriozar by Javier Larraz + Iñigo Beguiristain + Iñaki Bergera.
Reflective or colourfully painted features add to the child's visual experience, arousing movement and giving space a unique identity.
Activities (Co-ordination and Creativity)
Steps, slides, climbing elements and space for creative expression continues the kinesthetic sense of hand-eye co-ordination and sense of self awareness.
Rest (Peace and Quiet)
From left: Ying Yang Public Library by Evgeny Markachev + Julia Kozlova, Melbourne Central Retreat by Clare Cousins Architecture, Architects School in Ljubljana by Svet Vmes and Skanderborggade Day Care Centre by Dorte Mandrup.
Important also to play, is to design for down-time - rest and contemplation. This can be through the use of seating, creating niches or "hidey-holes", through using calm colours and soft warm textures.
MAXintheBOX modular table-chair combination by Perludi. Able to be used as a classic table-chair combination, as stools for adults, as a grocery store or a shelf for books.
Friedrich Froebel the pioneer of Kindergarten saw the opportunity apparent in modular objects which would reflect his belief in the relationship between physical activity and learning in young children.
Left are Froebel's 'third, fourth, fifth and sixth gifts' assembled into forms of each of the three realms. Right is Froebel's 'seventh gift' consisting of triangular and quadrangular tablets of coloured paper.
A system of play objects called the 'gifts and occupations', such as balls, blocks, sticks, paper and clay were introduced to the children by Froebel in a sequence of creative exercises intended to inspire learning and to instill in children an understanding of the "sacred language of geometry" which he believed as the basis for life.
These abstract-design activities were intended to cultivate in children the ability to observe, reason, express and create.
The Citybook Storage System (above) designed by Mr Less and Mrs More is a modular shelving shelving system comprised of a 'house-like' angled module, lending itself to distinctly different compositional possibilities - different to your usual shelving unit.
Fabricated in sheet iron, they're joined by magnets, making them easy to assemble and disassemble.
Storage need not be purely functional, but may be fun, sculptural and decorative - brightening up a space and bringing a sense of play.
Giant LEGO Bricks (shown left) may be stacked (like the originals) AND as storage for children to stash their goods in. Likewise with these stacked Pantone Storage Boxes, which are designed by Selab for Seletti.
Chair or Table = Pew
Side table, bedside table, stool or desk, the YooBoo PEW designed by Native Creative may be easily slotted together and comes in a variety of colours and patterns.
While not strictly speaking "modular", this folding table may be altered (or folded) into a number of configurations to suit the user's mood. The Unfold Table designed by Morgan and Marley breaks the standard notion of a table - and shows that it can be so much more - and inspire fun!
Carrying on from Froebel's blocks, a number of new beutifully crafted wooden blocks are again emerging for children's play. Like shown here (Tegu - Endeavour set) these toys are simple and will last for generations - thus a worthy investment.
A few years back I attended a lecture given by Shigeru Ban who spoke about a few of his projects at Victoria University in Wellington. I was surprised at his humility and his light-hearted sense of humour. To say the least it was a memorable, inspirational and enjoyable lecture.
I was scanning through the boo and the boy and thought I'd share with you a few of my favourite pics showing ideas for kids rooms (one day I might actually undertake such a project!)
I love the understated tones, the picture books on the wall, the built-in bunk-beds and the swing...
Therefore I love this idea from chocolate company Whittaker's who have created a Big Egg Hunt this Easter, where you and your family can join the challenge in finding the 100 eggs decorated by NZ artists and designers hidden around Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Update - there's a New York one too!
Jewellery store Fabergé have organised this big egg hunt for the people of New York City - who with the help of a designed app have the chance to locate 250 "designer" eggs located throughout the city.
Above is Benjamin Shine's ‘all-ways new york’ egg pays homage to the unique streets and locations that underpin the diversity of the city.
From left is Terry Richardson's egg (#188), the Ralph Lauren egg (#203) and Jan Huling's (egg#165).
It is true what Ashley Le Quere says of why she likes 'surface design': "surface design for me is something that has no limits - it can be anything from print design for textiles, to laminate flooring to skate boards. It is forever growing and expanding."
Surface Design may include wallpaper (as shown above and which can be coloured in here), stickers (previously blogged here), magnets (like Kindergarten Ajda) and textiles (including, rugs, throws, cushions).
I love Ashley's varied and fun style - ranging from the graphic, painted and illustrated - which can be applied to a variety of applications.
A great way to brighten up any space and make it more light and playful.
Via The Design Files.
"Villages in China often prioritise building houses over community spaces and community programs, even though it is an important aspect of village life," Lin told Dezeen. The new structure providing a positive and central hub for ALL the community's residents.