Boards in a Box
In its inaugural season at Kathy Osterman Beach in Chicago, the Chicago Paddle Company needed an efficient and affordable way to launch a park district-approved rental and storage station. With YOLO (You Only Live Once) branded boards and sentiment, the Paddle project highlights the adventurous paddle boarder lifestyle and builds awareness of this fast-growing watersport. Container architecture became the resilient, recycled, and recyclable seasonal solution for transforming a bleak stretch of beach into a hub of paddleboarding, family fun, and fitness.
Engaging the Community
The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac is a community energizer, bringing local business and community leaders together to create play and learning in a safe and healthy environment for all children. The expansion transformed a former Pick ‘n Save into a destination within the Waterfront District, now filling 22,000 SF with public spaces that engage, S.T.E.A.M. Classrooms, exhibits that cross disciplines and an outdoor space built by the community.
Playmakers Sharon Exley, MAAE and Peter Exley, FAIA, of the colorful design studio of Architecture is Fun, Chicago, have been named as Benjamin Moore HUE® Award Winners for Contract Interiors. The prestigious award is bestowed annually for a passionate and meaningful use of color in design.
…a project that appeals to adults while delighting children.
~ Neal David, AIA, Vice President, Lincoln Park Zoo.
Tucked right in the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo is a building containing the canopy climbing adventure. Is it awesome? It’s pretty awesome.
~ Linda Marisicano, Blogger and Parent, Babble Chicago.
Lincoln Park Zoo is also home to the Canopy Climbing Adventure, considered one of Chicago’s best indoor play spaces (and still a secret to many parents).
~ Dave Wischnowsky, Columnist, Webtimes Online.
Within the Young At Art Museum, the GreenScapes Gallery teaches young artists to be change agents. Artist Pablo Cano serves as the inspiration and catalyst for recycled art making in two related spaces: Pablo’s Magical Marionette Theater and Pablo’s STEAM Recycled Workshop. Within the grotto-like theater, children, students and families watch fascinating detailed films of Pablo’s creative process, his ability to transform found and discarded objects into mesmerizing puppets, and a series of classic tales, showcasing Pablo’s puppets found on display.
A Pathway of Hands-on Gardening That Grows On Families
Garden in a City is America’s first garden and landscape design show focusing on urban horticulture. The inaugural season of this in-ground show featured a Children’s Midway where children and families found engaging and educational interactives that relate to the greening of our urban community.
Having fun should be a given for a project as playful and stimulating as the creation of a children’s museum. Our renovation process presented challenges that were addressed collaboratively, creatively, and with quirky good humor. It’s easy for an architectural firm to tell you that they work collaboratively but with this team, the collaborative process was a reality.
~ Susan Broad, Executive Director, DuPage Children’s Museum