Children’s Playhouse ‘Sam + Pam’ / Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc.

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Architects: Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc.
Location: Pacific National Exhibition, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1,
Contractors: Kindred Construction
Year: 2013
Photographs: Latreille Delage

From the architect. Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge is an annual event at the PNE where B.C.’s top wood suppliers team up with local architects and builders to design and realize imaginative playhouses for kids. Following the Fair, the playhouses will be sold to pre-registered corporate buyers for donation to communities and charities throughout the province. This year, the funds raised will go to the B.C. Children’s Hospital’s ‘Child Health B.C.’

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Built from a minimal palette of only 2×3” pieces of spruce-pine fir, omb’s playhouse, ‘sam + pam’ is a twin structure that playfully showcases the beauty of the wood within the confines of the requirements (the playhouse was limited to 8′x8′ so that it could be transported to the fair on a truck).

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Connected by a rope bridge and protected from the elements with a clear coated varnish, ‘sam + pam’ suggests new forms of play from the premise of doing “much with little”.

© Latreille Delage

The playhouses will be on display in a special themed area for the duration of the 2013 Fair at the PNE, Aug. 17- Sept. 2.

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