Playoffice, Madrid, Spain, designs and creates themed spaces for children to “develop creativity, emotional intelligence, psychomotor activity and cohabitation. Spaces that stimulate specific skills or hobbies for children, such as visual arts, music, nature or sport,” the company’s website says. The point is to encourage learning through playing.
For a recent project in a family library, the company was challenged to make the traditional library setting into an appealing place for kids. It abandoned the traditional child-size tables and chairs for room-sized nets, suspended between the shelves of books and above the activity below. Children can lounge from their perch cradling a good book, sharing it with a friend or contemplating the meaning of it all.