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Anansi Playground Building / Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

  • 01:00 - 5 February, 2010
Anansi Playground Building / Mulders vandenBerk Architecten
Anansi Playground Building / Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

Anansi Playground Building / Mulders vandenBerk Architecten Anansi Playground Building / Mulders vandenBerk Architecten © Wim Hanenberg © Wouter van der Sar +17

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architect

    Mulders vandenBerk Architecten
  • Project Team

    Joost Mulders, Chris van den Berk, Robert van der Lee, Lucas Torres, Cecilia Thomsen, Idette de Boer
  • Graphic design façade

    DesignArbeid, Amsterdam
  • Contractor building

    Barli B.V., Uden
  • Principal

    Municipality of Utrecht, department D.M.O.
  • Project Year

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From the architect. Mulders vandenBerk Architecten of Amsterdam designed this playground building in a park in Utrecht, the Netherlands, with a Corian façade engraved with images of fairytales from around the world. The idea of the building is to excite and stimulate curiosity and creativity of the children.

The pavilion splits the playground in two. One side is used by teenagers, the other by young children. The interior is divided into three separate playrooms featuring bright colors, simple furniture and elements to interact with. 

floor plan
floor plan

Each room is related to an individual facade and offers a specific orientation to its context. This combined with a unique "wallpaper" gives a particular identity to each room. The design invites children to play, to discover and invent games.

© Wim Hanenberg
© Wim Hanenberg

The exterior of the building is the opposite of the 'active' playground with its many climbing frames and slides. The building is a calm oasis in the playground. The façade is a large white Corian surface with milled jagged lines. 

At first sight there are only lines. A second view reveals decorative characters; fairy tales from around the world. Graphic design studio Design Arbeid selected together with the neighborhood children the various fairy tales. The graphic design is cnc-milled out of the façade to stimulate the senses and the imagination.

façade graphic detail
façade graphic detail
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georgiaartikoglou · January 03, 2012

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Andrew Geber · February 06, 2010

so nice, i just love it

CRISTIAN · February 06, 2010

3 R2D2 3 CRPO!!

Robert Kats · February 06, 2010

Nicely done that you have achieved this in a budget tight climate in the Netherlands. Please send this project in for the Rietveld Award 2011 edition!
Kindest regards, Robert van Kats
Blok Kats van Veen architects

joe Klein · February 06, 2010

who is going be good little modernist painters when we grow up *I am !
i like it its really cool black painting space g
i really like plastic exteriors molded and alike

Structural Insulated Panel combined with low cost durable surfaces very exciting possibilities "cap it like a plastic dog house"

no illustrators in this crowed human form be damned

Zumthor · February 05, 2010

Good workmanship. It looks that these architects really thought of the future users while designing this building. The children have a lot to explore on the walls and are able to change it in the way they want. I'm only curious if they are also allowed to colour the outer walls, are they?
Also the staff/parents can keep a close watch on the children because of the open floorplan.
If you're also interested in architecture attuned to concerns of the users and want to read more about it check http://experiencingarchitectur...

It's time for architecture dedicated to its users!

House · February 07, 2010 07:14 PM

I do not totally agree with "Zumthor" about this project because children prefer a surrounding adjusted to their size and scale, that's why children for example like to make huts and tents.
The spaces of Anansi Playground Building are in my opinion too big. But I do agree with this "Zumthor" that the "play walls" are fantastic for the kids, also the recommended website http://experiencingarchitectur... is very interesting, where you can find by the way a link to Rasmussen's book Experiencing Architecture, 2nd Edition with a chapter
about childrens realm.

Domas Markevicius · February 05, 2010

Very impressive work! The fact that this simple shaped building is so ordinary, but has so many brilliant hidden ideas that makes it more interesting than any other building. Nice work guys!


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