The Five Fields neighborhood dated back to the early 1950s and was designed by The Architects Collaborative as an experiment, and the community, wishing to keep the experimental spirit alive, requested a structure that had to be both safe and exhilarating for the kids. “Designing a play structure intended for kids is a unique and challenging project”, the designers explain. “While there are irreducible standards that manage accessibility and function in the daily lives of adults, play is neither standard nor strictly functional.” For this reason, the spaces are accessible to adults, but have been shrunk in order to slow them, liberating the kids to fly through the spaces.
Five Fields Play Structure, Lexington, Massachussetts, USA
Architects: Brandon Clifford from Matter Design and Michael Schanbacher from FR|SCH Projects
Team: Dar Adams, Courtney Apgar, Josh Apgar, Michael Leviton, Daniel Marshall, Chris McGuiness, Dan Roseman
Graphic design: Johanna Lobdell
Kid consultants: Liam Apgar, Mack Apgar, Bella Dubrovsky, Sam Leviton, Ainsley Schanbacher, Judson Schanbacher
Area: 35 sqm