Children's Design

Children's design is not synonymous with theme design. This genre attempts to create whimsical, fun places that encourage play. Examples include playgrounds, gyms, retail stores, and institutions such as schools and hospitals. Creating playful experiences for kids can be challenging in the face of real world logistics, but the designers and projects featured here have all managed to create places that are ingeniously functional while still fostering a sense of playfulness and wonder.

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Top 5 Slides in Public Places

Posted on August 4, 2011

Why spend your time walking down stairs, or even an escalator, when a slide is so much faster, efficient, and fun? Unfortunately, as we grow older, the amount of time ...

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A Playroom With Style at Jerusalem’s David Citadel Hotel

Posted on August 1, 2011

Kids often get the short end of the stick when it comes to entertainment at a hotel. While fancy bars and lounges are common enough, a space designed specifically to ...

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Woods of Net: A Knitted Sculpture For Kids

Posted on July 25, 2011

Get ready because we’re going to hit you with one more playful project that features sculptural netting. Unlike the other net projects we have recently covered, ‘Net’ by Numen/For Use ...

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A Tokyo Cafe Designed for Parents and Their Babies

Posted on July 24, 2011

It’s easy to forget how big the world seemed when we were small children; not just in the sense of possibility, but in actual scale. Back when we were eye-level ...

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‘Factoría Joven’ by SelgasCano is a Mash-up of Youth Activity

Posted on July 13, 2011

In the outskirts of Mérida, Spain, a colorful new complex of activity spaces is now open to anyone who wants to skateboard, bike, climb, dance, or just hang out and ...

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“Ring Around a Tree” by Tezuka Architects

Posted on July 13, 2011

“Ring Around a Tree” by the Japanese husband and wife team, Yui and Takaharu Tezuka, is a small addition to the unique Fuji kindergarten in Tokyo, Japan they designed back ...

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A Playground in Wiesbaden, Germany With One Continuous Structure

Posted on July 6, 2011

This unique playground in Wiesbaden, Germany, thematically places play and exploration at the center of a recently rehabilitated area of the city. The playground overlooks the historic section of the ...

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Aarhus Motor Skills Hall by C.F. Møller Architects

Posted on June 22, 2011

The design of a gymnasium or sports hall traditionally follows the rules, regulations, and movements of the activity it will facilitate. Regularity in design means that anyone familiar with the ...

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Design Inspired by an Elusive Spy at Carl Bolle Elementary School

Posted on June 17, 2011

The architecture practice that designed the leisure area at the Carl Bolle Elementary School in Berlin is itself heavily invested in education. Die Baupiloten is a joint venture between the ...

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Children’s Museum Celebrates Holidays

Posted on December 22, 2010

For the first time The Mississippi Children's Museum opened its doors this December, receiving a crowd of excited children and their chaperones who had been waiting in anticipation for the ...

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