A playground inside a church encourages free play

A play area created by Partizan Architecture in the Sacred Heart Jesuit Church in Budapest offers children a space of comfort and fun while their parents are at mass.

Partizan Architecture was commissioned to design a playground located inside the Jesuit church of the Sacred Heart in Budapest. The room, a 12 square meter area next to the aisle, had already been used as a children's playground during mass hours.

The implemented solution sought to combine the needs of freedom and movement of the little ones with the authoritativeness and sacredness of a religious building. The use of real furniture, incompatible with the vertical proportions of the space and its monumental characther, was substituted by a tailored environmental solution that could fit the identity of church without prevailing on the original architecture.

The entire area of the room has been covered with modular elements that were padded and upholstered in red fabric. The solution allows to maximize the playing surface, to offer thermal insulation from the floor, and to safeguard security and freedom during play time. Some modules offer themselves as storage spaces for toys, while others can be relocated by children themselves, favoring free body movement and transforming the installation into a game in itself.

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