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6 Playful Works of Architecture Inspired by Toys We Love
They say that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” and we think the same can be said about architecture. We’ve rounded six delightful structures inspired by our favorite toys and we think you’ll agree that they’re pretty tough to resist. From a slide for adults to a LEGO-like bridge to a wooden Jenga tower that looks like it’s about to topple over, we submit six playful works of architecture for your viewing pleasure.
This slide for adults in Utrecht sure takes the mundanity out of the daily commute. The fun folks over at HIK Ontwerpers installed the slide, which they call the ‘Transfer Accelerator’, as part of Overvecht train station’s redevelopment, and we wish a similar structure would be installed in our city.
Gujarat’s Pegasus complex might be named after a flying horse, but it looks more like a game of checkers that’s been turned on its side. The black and white squares give the buildings a distinctive look, but they aren’t just for aesthetics. They’re actually specially-oriented slats that keep the interior cool while people inside can look out and still enjoy an uninterrupted view.
Scholzberg Tower in the Czech Republic looks a lot like a game of Jenga from an ant’s point of view, but it’s decidedly much sturdier. The building, like its party game look-alike, is made entirely out of wood and was built by students without a single screw.
Driving through the same underpass day after day can get pretty boring, but not when it looks like a bridge made of giant LEGO. Artist Martin Heuwold of Mgex recently spruced up this train overpass in Wuppertal, Germany by painting it with a deceptive trompe l-oeil design that made it look like a super-sized version of one of our very favorite toys.
Though not as popular as LEGO, Lincoln Logs captured many of our hearts as youngsters, and now there is a grown-up version. EZ Log offers prefabricated home kits that you can actually stack together using tongue-and-groove construction to create a new home.
Building blocks may perhaps be the most prevalent toy ever, so we’re not surprised that MVRDV, The Why Factory and the JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture chose to model their six-meter tall Vertical Village installation after the colorful toys. The larger-than-life sculpture was part of the “Museum of Tomorrow” series exploring East Asia’s very rapid urban transformation and was a commentary on the alternatives that could be dreamed up to counteract the large blocks of bland apartments that have been constructed in the recent past.
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