How our children influenced the design of our home
Much like all of our projects we followed the same discovery process with our children when it came to designing their bedroom. Our three stage process consisting of brief, form and material allows us to produce the best work for our clients, in this case, our clients were our two children.
The brief for this project was particularly fun. Like all kids, our children wanted a hidden den, a fun secret space they can use to play and have fun with friends.
We then asked which form can facilitate this brief? How can we display the relationship between form and activity? Our first problem to solve was the question of where to have this hidden space? And how can it be accessed?
The solution? We created a hidden den high up and what better way to get to it than a climbing wall? And to get back down, we chose a fireman’s pole. We involved our children throughout this whole process. For children, it is easier for them to think about the activities in a space because most of the time it is associated with creativity and fun. In this case, they wanted a secret area in the house that only they could reach, a hidden sleep over den.
Before designing and space in the house, we like to think about how this room will be used, and what activities will happen in this space. We worked collaboratively with our children; we considered different ways to access their den and eventually came up with a child-friendly (no adults allowed) climbing wall and fireman’s pole.
The children were not only involved in the design of their room; they played an important part in the design of the whole house. In particular, the kitchen and under stairs desk.
Our home is designed around our family’s scenarios, and our children play a large part in that.
Take a look at The Scenario House in more detail here.