Friday, September 14, 2012

Spotlight: Haugen/Zohar - "Cave For Children"

Awards for Emerging Architects RIBA, London 2011

Cave for kids at Breidablikk Kindergarten in Trondheim had an excellent starting point: Children as users, free hands for design and a tiny budget. Drawing for children is a liberating and cheerful affair. Children are the ultimate clients being unexpectedly innovative and open minded.
The inspiration for the project comes from natural caves, offering qualities such as collection of sunrays and rain, hiding and climbing.

The structure is a 50 m3 cave for kids, built on a limited budget using left-over material to form a secretive, spooky space. Constructed by 1.5 tonnes of pre-industrial waste the space is hollowed out by subtractive manufacturing technology, and glued up by layering the material and reconstruct the milled cave.

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