Playgrounds at home
During the pandemic, our homes have turned into many things. Due to the mandatory restrictions in our daily life, we changed our homes such as offices, schools, classrooms, studios, workshops, small production areas, cafes in a different way than we used to and started to open. alternatives areas for these purposes at home. “Playgrounds” have been added to these alternative uses, especially in homes where children of a certain age live.
Playground material use at home
In fact, playground projects have been developed for a while that can be creative, simple, rational and fun for children. These spaces are important to provide a peaceful environment for parents and children to play an encouraging and creative role in developing their imaginations. Especially in recent years, when public spaces in cities are not allowed to be played freely, healthy, comfortably and safely, the design of indoor playgrounds made of practical, healthy and natural materials has become a new area. Support from expert opinions that the time children spend in these areas and the games they create are useful and inspiring for their physical, mental and emotional development has fueled this trend. Time at home during the pandemic seems to be innovating in this and many other areas.
Gradual climbing areas surrounded by protection nets and nets, tents with creative and colorful light games, indoor pools surrounded by design elements such as ladders and drawers that can be used for various games and where children can move freely, climbing, swinging and sliding are known. Some of the playground designs in the houses we are in … One of our current works in this area is the Toronto family house renovation project of Reflect Architecture and the playground consisting of a blue slide in the middle of the project. The home renovation project focused on “restructuring the existing order to create spaces that better serve the family lifestyle and encourage them to spend time and play together.” Therefore, the most important part of the Walker house is the spiral slide that connects the basement to the ground floor and settles in the heart of the house. A wooden ladder was placed next to the slide to connect the two floors of the house, covered with a perforated metal rail and illuminated by night lights attached to the ceiling. The remainder of the ground floor is filled with other family common areas.
The slide should also enliven the less-used basement and help let in natural light into the open space needed to make the slide. In this context, most of the home improvement project design is based on integrating the “game” into home and family life.