Designing a sandpit for kids may not seem like a great challenge, but PPAG Architects’ Kagome project proved that small structures can be as complex and innovative as some of the largest architectural structures out there. Their beautiful children’s playground in Vienna's Museum Quarter is made of interwoven living willow branches and wrapped in greenery. An inspiring design that grows with the seasons, it was awarded a prize at this year’s Architizer A+Awards in the category of pop-ups and temporary structures.
The MuseumQuarter in Vienna commissioned PPAG Architects to design a sandpit for children in their inner courtyard. The designers then teamed up with Simon Oberhammer and Stefanie Meyer to develop a structure out of living willow branches.
The lattice is rooted in a central humus bag and interwoven with one-year-old willow sticks. Not only does the shell provide a safe environment for children, it grows and changes with the seasons.
The growing structure offers a sandy playing area for young guests of the MuseumQuarter and provides natural shading and visual contact between kids and their parents. With the shell nearly closed at the top, it is more open at eye level and allows the parents to see their kids. The name Kagome was inspired by a Japanese children’s song and an ancient Japanese weaving technique.