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Anansi Playground Building / Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

Anansi Playground Building / Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

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Text description provided by the architects. 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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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façade graphic detail

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Address:Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Cite: "Anansi Playground Building / Mulders vandenBerk Architecten" 05 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/48692/anansi-playground-building-mulders-vandenberk-architecten> ISSN 0719-8884

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