Froebel Play Pods

Play Pods are the first of a series of design, manufacture and assembly products our studio is exploring combining the function of a number of separate elements into a singular object.



 SF_064_Froebel-Play-Pods_002 The Play Pods concept was a response to a brief received for a childcare centre, FROEBEL. The site was an existing 1960s office building in Sydney. The opportunity we identified enabled us to consolidate a number of brief objectives and associated functions into a singular, hybrid object. This decision would then achieve significant spatial efficiency and as a consequence a positive economical outcome. A series of four bespoke timber pods have been conceived which incorporate storage, display, enclosure, seating and lounging. In addition to the embedded functions the pods themselves serve the additional purpose of subdividing the floor plate into smaller gathering spaces, providing physical, visual and acoustic separation.




Each pod has a different focus; Reading, Music, Arts and Science. In keeping with the FROEBEL philosophy of an holistic approach to early learning that is “child-centred, play-based, in unity with nature” the pods manifest these principles as immersive educational play spaces. The form of each pod is varied and is derived from a combination of simple geometric shapes inspired by the carefully crafted timber FROEBEL Gifts. Each pod consists of a 7 x 7 gridded storage cube that has a core subtracted through the insertion of either a sphere, cone, ellipse or cylinder resulting in dynamic interior spaces.

 SF_064_Froebel-Play-Pods_004 Silvester Fuller in collaboration with Laminar designed, fabricated and assembled the pods. Each pod is CNC machine cut from high quality birch plywood. The construction process resembles a 3D jigsaw puzzle. Each pod consists of approximately 250 individual pieces, machined, coded and prepared offsite prior to delivery. Importantly, from design to fabrication the process is a full 3D one, with no 2D documentation necessary, resulting in more time available for the design process and zero interpretation errors.


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