Australian Children’s Activity Centre – Phooey Architects

Children’s Activity Centre, Shipping Container Prefab Building, Photos, Design, Project, Architect

Australian Children’s Activity Centre

Playground: Shipping Container Building Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – design by Phooey Architects

12 Aug 2008

Children’s Activity Centre Australia

Design: Phooey Architects

Location: Melbourne

Photos: Peter Bennetts Photography

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Melbourne Shipping Container Building

Innovative project utilising these basic transport containers.

Catherine Slessor in the Architectural Review:

“Here they turn to abandoned shipping containers to create an activity centre for children. Though containers have now become a familiar staple of re-appropriation for all sorts of things, PHOOEY put them to energetic use, stacking them, slicing them, and cutting them to create a thoroughly durable and dignified assemblage that rejoices in the colorful bricolage of its origins.

A variety of types of indoor and outdoor spaces are created from the simple expedient of stacking and staggering a couple of containers.

All materials were scavenged, salvaged or recycled. Container walls were simply cut up to form awnings and balustrades and their surfaces left unpainted, so the original superscale graphics are still visible, albeit now gloriously cannibalised.”

Excerpt from Slessor, C (2007), ‘Remake, Remodel’, The Architectural Review, December, pp 82-83.

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World Architecture Festival Awards 2008 – New & Old Category Finalist

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