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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Playground building in Utrecht, The Netherlands by Van Rooijen Architecten

September 29th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Van Rooijen Architecten

In an inner courtyard close to the city center of Utrecht a playground is situated for the children of the neighborhood. The old existing building on the playground was to be replaced by a new one. The brief called for a modest, durable and safe new building that would upgrade the playground and appeal to children. The building has separate spaces for a kindergarten. By means of a movable partition the spaces can be interlinked to provide space for different activities and multiple uses.

Covered Entrance 01 (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

  • Architect: Van Rooijen Architecten
  • Name of Project: Playground building
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Client: Municipality of Utrecht
  • Interior architect: Van Rooijen Architecten
  • Photographer: Cornbread Works
  • Completion: April 2010
  • Award: The project received an honorable mention for The Dutch Building of the Year 2011 Award.

Within a very tight budget a colorful  light-hearted object was designed  and introduced in the playground. The relationship between inside and outside is playfully strengthened with specific openings and windows. A large covered canopy for sheltered play features the front of the building. Natural wood and color determines the cozy and comfortable atmosphere of the interior.


Covered Entrance 02 (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

Covered Entrance 03 (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

Covered Entrance 04 (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

Front Elevation (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

Left Elevation (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

Rear and Left Elevation (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

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