Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Favorite Play! Spaces


We love to play and love places that celebrate our inner, creative, kidlike selves—we dedicated our July/August 2011 issue to the subjects of families, kids, and play after all. The editors of the new Gingko Press book Play! Indoor and Outdoor hand-selected 58 of the best projects for playing from around the world, ranging in program from day cares to schools to playgrounds. Here we feature five of our favorites from the book (and in an upcoming post we'll showcase another five as well).

Play! is published in the United States by Berkeley-based company Gingko Press and will be on sale in September.
The Dragen Children's House designed by C. F. Møller Architects is one of Denmark's first kindergartens to be built to...
Inside the Dragen Children's House, the sustainable building approach is reflected in the tree motifs and the green...
Believe it or not, the Ku65 Kids Club in Berlin is a dentist office.
Graft's idea for the dentist office was to create a dunelike topography to give visitors a sense of being at the ocean...
One of the most elegant projects in Play! is the Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo designed by Tezuka Architects.
In addition to the space inside the building, the top of the Fuji Kindergarten is also fully functional as a walkway...
Ponzano Primary School in Ponzano Veneto, Italy, is a school for 375 students, ages six through ten.
The playful graphics of the window decals and boy-girl bathroom indicators give the sleek spaces in the Ponzano Primary...
In the Kids' Republic in Shanghai, designed by Sako Architects, color and material denote space differentiation.
Inside the activity zone at the Kids' Republic in Shanghai, irregular holes open onto the ceiling, the outdoors, and...
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