Mumbai-based studio Architecture Brio just unveiled an interactive pavilion for underprivileged children in Karjat, India. The Laureus Learning Pavilion, built at the Magic Bus Centre for Experiential Learning, is a gathering space and play area that will educate children through outdoor activities on weekend camping trips. The lightweight structure is organically embedded within its natural surroundings and it boasts all sorts of fun contraptions for the children to climb and incorporate into their elaborate games.
The structure features a lightweight canopy which provides shade and creates a comfortable environment for kids to play in. The pavilion is open from all sides and its airy, double height space acts as an activity zone- kids use it to invent games, watch soccer matches, build rafts and more. The two deck areas are connected with a custom made rope bridge which transforms the pavilion into a natural extension of the existing building of the Magic Bus Centre.
The low-cost pavilion was constructed with a minimum amount of materials—most of it used for creating an optimal amount of cover for Karjat’s tropical climate, which is marked by significant rainfall and a short dry season. Thanks to its openness, the structure boasts natural ventilation, with a breeze flowing from the river and cooling the covered spaces. The pavilion fits perfectly with the hilled topography of the site, and with access to the river and a combination of natural materials, it creates an environmentally friendly playground that aims to both entertain and educate the youth.