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Factory of imagination

Kids architecture


AUTHORS: Gabriela Kamenska, Lina Ben Khelifa
PLACE: Unknown
YEAR: 2018
STATUS: Unbuilt
INSTAGRAM [1]: @gabrielakamenska
INSTAGRAM [2]: @lina_bk


(in french the word fabrique stands for folly and factory at the same time so there is a “word game” in the project)

One year ago, we have been given the opportunity to animate a series of workshops on spatial awareness intended to children with autism spectrum. This experience has been a milestone for us and has established the beginnings of our thematic research for this kids architecture graduation project.

The approach to learning through the act of playing and through simple geometries, which has been presented to us during our experience, laid the foundations of our ideas. So was born the idea to create a kids architecture thought for exploration aspiring to provoke a learning through the experience.

We explored the possibilities offered by the play of three elementary forms – the square, the circle and the triangle. From a reduction to these primary forms, a language is established. This language is telescoped in three scales: the small scale which is the one of the manual manipulations by the child, the medium scale which involves the body in movement and the large scale: that of the imagination which includes the whole playground.

The medium scale is approached through follies proposing different experiences. The association of the simple geometry of the follies with certain archetypes of the architecture leads to a phenomenon of iteration, composing a long series of possibilities.

The large scale, which aims to be the amnion of these pavilions, is inspired by folly parks and rewrites them in a much smaller scale and in a more contrasted way thanks to the diversity of the proposed experiences. Like the follies, which can vary ceaselessly, the scale of the plain can be composed in various ways. The proposed possibilities present four different natures of composition, each of them offering an adventure of its own but also an adventure within the space that they invest.

And finally, the small scale, represented by the construction units, spreads on the whole surface of the playground. This time the three elementary forms are divided in two and propose uncountable possibilities of assembly children. They allow the kid to build its own world.

In this circle isolated from time and space, the child is writing, by the movement and the experience, its relationship with the world.

This architecture for kids and research represents a study case because it does not propose a final project but a multitude of possibilities in all the different scales.




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