The multi-sensory Milkshake Tree playground popped up in Londonâ€™s Peninsula Square, inviting children of all ages to enjoy the London Festival of Architecture 2016. Designed by pH+ Architects, the structure combines a garden with an interactive wooden playspace that was inspired by the architectural firmsâ€™ work with the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Inside, kids are encouraged to learn through play via interactive features that beckon each of the senses.
Built with educational philosophies geared toward children with movement disorders such as cerebral palsy, The Milkshake Tree is more than a typical playground. The structureâ€™s easy-to-access ramps and timber screens allow children of all abilities to navigate and play, inspiring a sense of independence and focus on fun. Diversified elements stimulate the senses through sounds, smells, movements and reflective surfaces that inspire as much as they entertain.
Located just outside the NOW Gallery, the Milkshake Tree winds around with a wooden fin screen, which filters sunlight while also providing a grip for kids to hold onto. In between the wooden fins is an interactive copper xylophone that can be played as children pass by. In the center, a gold mirrored cube is interrupted with leaf-shaped cut outs, casting shapes that intermingle with the kaleidoscopic colors that reflect from a glass prism that is positioned under a leafy tree in the center of the playground. The fantastical sensory garden inspires confidence and self-esteem through independent and creative play.