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Happy Birthday Patch Adams: Architecture For Little People

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Today, on May 28, we celebrate the birthday of Patch Adams. Adams is an American physician who dedicated his life to dressing up as a clown in an effort to brighten the day of sick and orphaned children. So, fittingly, we have decided to showcase some architecture and designs that appeal to children.

Having children doesn't mean your home needs to lose personality or style. It is possible to incorporate elements both inside and out that are inviting to adults also. Parents are constantly seeking spaces for children that both functional and adventurous; allowing their creativity to transcend further than a piece of paper.

All Over The Walls

Children learn so much through the experience and the sensation of touch. Hence why when they are at the stage of picking pens and pencils, they are almost unstoppable when it comes to the amount of drawings they make. Unfortunately, their self-expression sometimes ends up on the walls and furniture. 

This photo shows how installing a blackboard wall means children can continue to play and create on a larger scale and in a space they are allowed to do so. A space like this fosters learning and creativity, which is perfect for busy little hands and minds.

Off with the faeries

Most adults have at least one nostalgic childhood memory of playing happily on a swing. If you are fortunate enough to have a beautiful and sturdy tree growing like this in your vicinity, what better way to use it. This particular swing has been cleverly designed in the shape of a leaf; nesting perfectly into its surroundings evoking emotions of magic and mystery. We have no doubt, that you would find grown people from time to time on this swing too.

A Cubby House Inside

Don't have the room for a cubby house outdoors? Not a problem. The relationship between inside and outside can be explored in this cleverly designed loft bed. With the ability to be crawled up and hidden away into, this is an exciting bedtime space or retreat for any child. 

A Space To Call Their Own

 Nursery/kid’s room by Anna & Eugeni Bach
Anna & Eugeni Bach

Playhouse / La Casita

Anna & Eugeni Bach

This photo and the following are by Anna & Eugeni Bach, a married architect duo who had some rather interesting clients for this project; their own children! The construction of this house is based on the traditional system of building a barn. The project took two weeks to build and shows how with dedication, dreams can be built.

The Perfect Playtime

 Nursery/kid’s room by Anna & Eugeni Bach
Anna & Eugeni Bach

Playhouse / La Casita

Anna & Eugeni Bach

The project has been designed with two heights in mind; the first of these allows the entry of adults and the other smaller climbing spaces are to let the  imagination of the children run wild. A dream space for any child, their own royal palace, medieval castle or space ship in 13.5 m².

Interested in seeing some more quirky spaces? Have a look at our guide to ’Small Living Room Ideas and Modern Living Spaces’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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