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September 28, 2015
Play spaces are unique opportunities for design: architects can be more colorful while introducing children to the importance of modern design. Check out these six cool places designed for play!
playroom with yellow table and built-in benches

In Austin, Texas, architect Sean Guess forges an inventive industrial kitchen for a cost-conscious couple as part of a wider renovation. In the playroom, built-in casework offers storage for toys. The yellow table was custom-built by one of the resident's fathers. The clear pendant lights are by Muuto. The "toy zone" is adjacent to the kitchen so that Lowell and Kristin can prepare meals and keep an eye on their yound children, aged three and five. "The residents wanted as little freestanding furniture as possible," Guess says. "We did a lot of benches, which are made out of plywood so they're fairly inexpensive."

 

Originally appeared in Inexpensive Materials Pay Off Big
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Kansas City kids' playroom with mural on the ceiling

Drawing on family lore and the vernacular of a venerable neighborhood, an architect creates a comfortable, adaptable home for his family. The ceilings in the children’s rooms and playroom feature abstract details from Thomas Hart Benton paintings. Hufft Projects designed the marker-board table, which was cut in the shape of the state of Missouri.

 

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Originally appeared in A Kansas City Home Packs Quite the Surprise
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modern playroom with white table and chairs and pink rug

To revamp their loft in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, a family enlisted Matthew Miller of StudioLAB. Their goal: turn the dreary loft into a modern space that offers ample room for their three children to enjoy. Miller says the family knew exactly what they wanted to accomplish with their home’s new look. “We gutted everything,” Miller says. “It was important to keep a big open space where the living room, dining area, and kitchen flow into one another.” A playroom kitted out with a table and chairs from is situated between the kids' rooms in what was formerly an underutilized passageway.

 

Originally appeared in A Renovated Tribeca Loft with a Modern Aesthetic
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Bancroft residence library with wall-sized chalkboard

Architectural harmony defines this family’s home near Lake Tahoe. The library holds a wall-size blackboard for the Bancrofts’ four children, with a colorful permanent piece by local artist Derek Phillips. 

 

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Originally appeared in A Forest Sanctuary Designed to Support Autistic Triplets, Their Parents, and a Host of Caregivers
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Modern attic playroom by the window

When plans for a prefab home flopped, Rian and Melissa Jorgensen were introduced to Jonathan Feldman of Feldman Architecture, whose custom design was able to deliver an environmentally conscious modern home that met all budgetary restrictions and exceeded all expectations.  Both of the children have access to the playspace, which has cork flooring. "Rian and Melissa thought, "How do we want to live our lives? How can the shape of the house create the backdrop for how we live and interact, and how our kids will grow up?" says Feldman. "They were really proactive and I think that's how we created this really special place."

 

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outdoor wooden hanging bed

On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forged a new kind of vacation house. Two-year-old Annika and five-year-old Soren make music on the "nap swing," a popular hangout spot for kids and adults alike.

 

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playroom with yellow table and built-in benches

In Austin, Texas, architect Sean Guess forges an inventive industrial kitchen for a cost-conscious couple as part of a wider renovation. In the playroom, built-in casework offers storage for toys. The yellow table was custom-built by one of the resident's fathers. The clear pendant lights are by Muuto. The "toy zone" is adjacent to the kitchen so that Lowell and Kristin can prepare meals and keep an eye on their yound children, aged three and five. "The residents wanted as little freestanding furniture as possible," Guess says. "We did a lot of benches, which are made out of plywood so they're fairly inexpensive."

 

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