Five Fields Play Structure
Architect: FR|SCH Projects in collaboration with Matter Design
Owner: Five Fields Inc.
Location: Lexington, MA
Category: Up to $150,000 in construction costs (category one)
Five Fields Play Structure has no purpose and that is how it is intended to be. It is a landscape for exploration, shunning standard, in favor of liberation. It encourages inventiveness through its unfolding, discoverable spaces. Tailored to child size, but accessible to adults, it invites the older user to reminisce, and rediscover.
The act of play is indeterminate liberation and irresolution. So how does one design for childish experimentation? The structure is created with the hope to release users from specified, directive use. The expectation is that all users will inscribe their individual, creative means of expression through the space.
"Very inventive elaboration of a single material creating many unique types of space. The incorporation of color helps establish hierarchy within the otherwise singular structure. Embodies the spirit of the small project very well." ~ Jury Comment
A diverse body of elements engage the senses and augment the experience. Smaller children crawl, while larger ones climb, to reach discoverable spaces. Doors and stairs exist, but not as expected. Movement through the playscape culminates in dead ends—vistas of discovery that look out onto the landscape.