Anansi Playground Building – Utrecht School Building

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Education Development in Utrecht : The Netherlands Playground

Anansi Building, Holland – design by Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

4 Feb 2010

Anansi Playground Building

Design : Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

Anansi Playground Building Utrecht
photo : Roel Backaert

Playground Building in Utrecht

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.

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photos : Roel Backaert

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.

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photos : Wim Hanenberg

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.

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photos : WoutervanderSar

Anansi Playground Building Utrecht – Building Information

Project location: Peltlaan 130, 3527 EC Utrecht, The Netherlands
Principal: Municipality of Utrecht, department D.M.O.
Architect: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten, Amsterdam
Team: Joost Mulders, Chris van den Berk, Robert van der Lee, Lucas Torres,
Cecilia Thomsen, Idette de Boer
Graphic design façade: DesignArbeid, Amsterdam
Photography: Wim Hanenberg / Roel Backaert
Contractor building: Barli B.V., Uden
Contractor façade: Roord binnenbouw, Amsterdam
Start: Oct 2008
Completion: Oct 2009
Program: daycare/play

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images : Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

Mulders vandenBerk Architecten and DesignArbeid are based in Amsterdam

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