doherty design studio constructs children's cubbyhouse for charity doherty design studio constructs children's cubbyhouse for charity
jul 30, 2016

doherty design studio constructs children's cubbyhouse for charity

melbourne-based architecture practice doherty design studio has created this whimsical and playful cubbyhouse influenced by a nomadic gypsy wagon. named the ‘vardo hut’, the children’s space was initiated to help raise funds for charity and in the end, it was auctioned for $9000.

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taking the traditional shape of a gypsy wagon to add a sense of adventure, the aim is to ignite imagination and a sense of adventure. doherty design studio used common garden materials to realize the bold and playful forms. children are encouraged to create hanging gardens outside and further integrate the hut into its surroundings. inside, there is two levels; the upper treehouse-influenced loft area features a suspended net which adds a playful element, while inviting natural light from the clear curving roof. shelves painted in different colors allow children to bring greenery into their intimate space and ultimately, the aim is to educate and convey how to live sensitively within nature, and interact with contextual design.

 the designer cubbyhouse created to raise funds for the charity kids under cover


a ‘treehouse-esque’ loft level was created and common garden materials utilized

a clear roof allows in natural light (while also providing a visual connection to surroundings


the scheme was part of an important annual fundraising competition where entrants design and build creative
children’s cubby houses

the design mimics the frontage of the traditional gypsy wagon

the overall design educates children on living sensitively within nature

multiple points of entry and ladders engage the young mind and sense of adventure

left over materials were incorporated to form the steps at the rear of the cubby

the concept allows for children to create hanging gardens from the form to further integrate it within its surroundings




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