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Child’s Play – Architecture With Whimsy

When I think of my dream home, it usually involves light, airy spaces, open plan living and a sense of harmony and peace.  The idea of play and whimsy within the architectural elements rarely rates a mention.  Most people add these elements in the decor – but what if play, fun and childhood wonder could be imbued in the building itself?

Why go outside to climb trees?

Japanese architects Hironaka Ogawa & Associates incorporated two trees into the interior of the property in Kagawa, Japan

Trees incorporated into home renovation

Slide instead of taking the stairs

Architect David Hotson designed a tublar slide that shoots through four levels of a New York penthouse

SkyHouse, by David Hotson

SkyHouse, by David Hotson

Mini Golf Anyone?

This residence in Kanagawa has a central alleyway that is lined in natural grass and can be used as a min golf course

KKC Miniature Golf Course Residence in Japan by no555 (8)

KKC Miniature Golf Course Residence in Japan by no555 (7)

Even wanted to sleep in the clouds?

Located in Melbourne’s Fitzroy The Cloud House is the brainchild of Melbourne Architects McBride Charles Ryan and features a red cube kitchen at its centre.  Built for both function and fun the architect’s intention was to create a space that was playful where the family could gather

Cloud House / McBride Charles Ryan

Cloud House / McBride Charles Ryan





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