In The Netherlands, Dutch architectural practice Van Rooijen Architecten completed the new playground building in an inner courtyard close to the city center of Utrecht for the children of the neighborhood.
The old existing building on the playground was to be replaced by a new one. The brief called for a modest, durable and safe new building that would upgrade the playground and appeal to children. The building has separate spaces for a kindergarten. By means of a movable partition the spaces can be interlinked to provide space for different activities and multiple uses.
Within a very tight budget a colorful light-hearted object was designed and introduced in the playground. The relationship between inside and outside is playfully strengthened with specific openings and windows.
A large covered canopy for sheltered play features the front of the building. Natural wood and color determines the cozy and comfortable atmosphere of the interior.
+ Project credits / data
Project : Playground Building
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Client : Municipality of Utrecht
Architect : Van Rooijen Architecten
Interior architect : Van Rooijen Architecten
Photograph: Cornbread Works
Completion : April 2010