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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.

Anansi Playground Building in Utrecht, Netherlands by Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

 
October 5th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

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.

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

  • Architect: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten
  • Project: Anansi Playground Building
  • Location: Peltlaan 130, 3527 EC Utrecht
  • Principal: Municipality of Utrecht, department D.M.O.
  • Team: Joost Mulders, Chris van den Berk, Robbert van der Lee, Lucas Torres, Cecilia Thomsen, Idette de Boer
  • Graphic design façade: Design Arbeid, Amsterdam
  • Photography: Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar
  • Contractor building: Barli B.V., Uden
  • Contractor façade: Roord binnenbouw, Amsterdam
  • Start: October 2008
  • Completion: October 2009
  • Program: daycare/play
  • Site area: 9750 m2
  • Floor area: 150 m2

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

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.

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

The 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. At 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.

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

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