This Upside-Down Tiny House Is Turning the Playground On Its Head

published Feb 26, 2018
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Forget the splinter-prone two-by-fours and rusty nail playgrounds of your elementary school years. The children of tomorrow are getting something a little bit more colorful. British architectural office Alma-nac is set to create The Upside Down House in Green Park Village, located in the city of Reading, England.

According to Dezeen, the whimsical play house will be a exciting spin on the traditional playhouse, with unique twists like a chimney that lifts the house up into the air, and a slide that pops out of an upturned front door. There will also be a drainpipe kids can slide down like a fireman’s pole. Additional features will include a climbing wall, a balcony surrounded by a painted picket fence and a hidden tunnel tucked behind a pair of rose windows.

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The Upside Down House is the result of an Architect’s Journal competition known as the House of Colour, which requested creations that are “novel and inspiring concept designs for a £15,000 playhouse or set of playhouses”.

Event though the House’s plan is uber-whimsical, its creative design isn’t meant to be entirely out of place. Instead, the design of the Upside-Down House is a fun play on the style of many of the houses in the area. The Alma-nac says the untraditional design of the house pushes children to look at their surroundings from a different perspective.

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“It draws on the formal language of Green Park Village and borrows architectural motifs from that context. The distortion and reorientation of these elements brings a sense of surreal playfulness to the suburban village landscape,” says the firm.

It’ll be a few months before we find out the exact location of the Upside-Down House, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the finished product.