London-based pH+ Architects designed a unique multi-sensory pop-up space for this year's London Festival of Architecture. The design for the Milkshake Tree is inspired by the firm's earlier project for the London Center for Children with Cerebral Palsy (LCCCP) in Haringey, which similarly channels learning through playful design and architecture.
The Milkshake Tree installation is all about sounds, smells, movement and reflective surfaces. The name came about when one of the kids asked if the new Center could include a milkshake tree. Located outside the NOW Gallery on London’s Greenwich Peninsula, the installation includes long ramps framed by reflective screens and timber fins combined with copper xylophones which the kids can play as they pass by. A 12-square-meter gold mirrored cube dominates the installation and features leaf-shaped cut outs, an Amelanchier tree and a glass prism that create beautiful kaleidoscopic effects.
A multi-sensory ramp with a musical walkway connects the school to the new hydrotherapy and therapy spaces, while the landscape, designed by BD Landscape Architects, provides additional outdoor spaces-a sensory roof garden, a mud kitchen and a treehouse. The entire site stimulates imagination and playfulness, combining education, rehabilitation and entertainment.
Lead photo by Paul Raftery