From a prefab tree house to a converted dairy, these six structures serve one purpose and one purpose only: as places to play.
In Garrison, New York, architectural designer Sharon Davis crafted this 17-foot-tall freestanding play structure when a good tree proved hard to find. A deep bed of wood chips and railing make for safe play
An artist built a 125-square-foot play structure for his three children to restore a sense of magic that modern life has lost. “We live in a world of simulations, of shadows, of media—not of reality,” he says. Dubbed, the “Metapod” it was inspired by a large pane of salvaged glass, which is now oriented to the west for maximum sunset viewing during sleepovers.
Danish furniture and product designer Nina Tolstrup, who works under the name Studiomama, conceived a huge, freestanding medium-density fiberboard (MDF) cube punctured with circular windows that acts as her children’s playroom inside her London home.