Exploration In-Between Folds

Designed by Lab D+H, The Folds playground offers spaces for exploration via simple folding tactics.

The Folds is a community playground that mobilizes children’s perceptions with landform through folding of planes. The project deliberately minimizes the use of playground equipment. The folding landform encourages children to perceive the space with their hands and feet. Children can run, climb, play hide and seek, and decide how to have fun by themselves. The design team hopes that this space will not be bound by function or program, with less purpose and more instinct.

The folding gesture starts from a series of rolling lawn and later turns into folding bamboo wood decks, with accent metal frames with nets. Surprises can be found through discovering caves under some of the folds. The sequence of space explores the possibility of a landscape with pure “space”, where the space returns to its essence: scale, elevation, atmosphere and texture. “Behaviour” naturally emerges in the interaction between people and environment.

Located in a corner of the street, the Folds is part of the larger streetscape system in a mega residential development (400,000 ㎡) in Changzhou City, China. The streetscape system includes a series of community gardens and pocket spaces. The Folds and a community garden are opened as a pilot project in the initial stage.

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