Anansi Playground Building by 
Mulders vandenBerk Architecten Print
Written by Chris van den Berk   
Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:38

Mulders vandenBerk Architecten of Amsterdam have completed a 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. 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.
ANANSI_09ANANSI_10ANANSI_04The 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.

ANANSI_03ANANSI_02ANANSI_07At 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.

Project facts and credits

Project location: Peltlaan 130, 3527 EC Utrecht
Principal: Municipality of Utrecht, department D.M.O.
Architect:  Mulders vandenBerk Architecten, Amsterdam
Team: Joost Mulders, Chris van den Berk, Robert van der Lee, Lucas Torres, Cecilia Thomsen, Idette de Boer
Graphic design façade: DesignArbeid, Amsterdam
Photography:  Wim Hanenberg , Roel Backaert
Contractor building: Barli B.V., Uden
Contractor façade:Roord binnenbouw, Amsterdam

Start: October 2008

Completion: October 2009
Program:  daycare/play

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