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
Sometimes, simpler is better, and this teepee playhouse in the backyard of an architect’s home in Los Angeles stands on a platform that doubles as a theatrical stage.
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.
Inspired by Case Study houses and toy building blocks, New Zealand architect Marc Lithgow created a playhouse for his two sons. At six by four feet it is big enough to lay down in and ideal for midday naps.
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.
An old loft leftover from architect John Tong’s Toronto home’s origins as a dairy will one day become a tree house for the kids, but for now it doubles as an awning and threshold for swings.