How architecture can elevate the learning experience

Case study: Worlds of Play | Toy museum

When we think of the development of children we very quickly think of classroom education and we sometimes forget that playing and interacting with the world and other people is an important part of this education. This aspect is actually crucial for their development.
This is where this project comes into play. We call it “Worlds of Play”: a floating toy museum conceived to engage visitors by shifting from static toys to a dynamic playground where interactivity and interaction are key. The essence of “World of Play” is representing the world of imagination.

Don’t touch. Touch, Look and Feel!

The way we have become accustomed to dealing with museums is the don’t touch signs and the one-way educational experience. This method is outdated and education is becoming more engaging, experiential and fun. This floating toy museum taps into childhood memories of playing in the water and this reference is brought back through the bubble shaped structures. The bubbles are arranged in a dynamic order, some are immersed in the water, some are floating on or above the water, some are attached to each other and some others are in dependent from other bubbles.
The structure of the space is designed in a way that it limits the exposure to cold in the winter and heat in the summer, therefore minimizing its impact on the environment and saving 30 % net energy annually.
Within every bubble you will find a different world, even though from the outside it looks like one uniform design. Once 
you enter each bubble you will discover stairs, moving platforms,  slides, nets, ramps, and so on, that will tap into the rich imagination of each individual child and encourage them to play.

Go Outside
The café’s bubble’s roof is even designed to open up when the weather allows. This refers back to this child memory of playing outside, which is a counter approach to the gaming and staying inside trend that is continuously shaping the way our children “play”.
According to research of Jantje Beton (2018), 75% of children claim to feel happy when having played outside.

Living Architecture
When it comes to the mobility of the bubbles, they can go from a circle shaped structure, to a linear composition because of their detachable function. For this reason, some of the bubbles can also detach completely and be used as a pop-up travelling exhibition around the canals of Amsterdam.

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