Learn as They Play: 18 Examples of Architecture for Kids

Designing for kids is certainly not child’s play. Whilst the design process is undertaken by adults, the end-users are often children, such is the case in kindergarten, schools, and parks. Architects have a responsibility, therefore, to ensure that the built environment offers children the chance to play, explore, and learn in physical space, even in a digital age. With that in mind, here are 18 cool spaces designed especially for children – environments that may perhaps inspire the Fosters, Hadids, and Le Corbusiers of tomorrow.

Learn as They Play: 18 Examples of Architecture for Kids© Rasmus Hjortshõj© Philippe Ruault© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.+ 90

The Youth Wing for Art Education Entrance Courtyard / Ifat Finkelman + Deborah Warschawski

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

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Brutalist Playground / Assemble

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The Family Playground / HAO Design

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OB Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue
© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue

© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue+ 90

Play Landscape be-MINE / Carve + OMGEVING

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Drapers Field / Kinnear Landscape Architects

© Adrian Taylor
© Adrian Taylor

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Children’s Bicentennial Park / ELEMENTAL

© Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

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Täby Torg / Polyform

© Wichmann + Bendtsen
© Wichmann + Bendtsen

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The Courtyard of Our Dreams / Lukas Fúster

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Five Fields Play Structure / Matter Design + FR|SCH

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The Lego Play Pond / HAO Design

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Frederiksvej Kindergarten / COBE

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Clover House / MAD Architects

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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Sleep and Play / Ruetemple

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Giraffe Childcare Center / Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault© Philippe Ruault© Philippe Ruault© Philippe Ruault+ 90

Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki+ 90

Ama’r Children’s Culture House / Dorte Mandrup

© Torben Eskerod
© Torben Eskerod

© Torben Eskerod© Torben Eskerod© Torben Eskerod© Torben Eskerod+ 90

Village in the Schoolyard / MUTOPIA

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on May 31, 2019.