This was our February, 2017 entry for the sixth annual “Life of an Architect” Playhouse Design Competition!

Windows are cut out from a five foot cube so that each wall spells one letter of the word, “PLAY”. Then the walls of the cube are patterned with the entire alphabet and the letters “P”, “L”, “A”, and “Y” are emphasized. When children play in the structure, they literally inhabit the alphabet, surrounding themselves with knowledge. What better way is there to learn?

The letters, which measure 3”x3” each, are cut from 1/8” thick material and then glued to a 3/4” structural substrate. The object could be formed either from lacquered wood or painted acrylic, depending on the required level of durability. The roof is galvanized metal.