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Playgrounds Belong Anywhere. Even Indoors.

Time to replace the PlayStation with a playground.

 

Swings in the kitchen, rope ladders in the bedroom, chalkboard paint in the bathroom, and Astroturf on the deck: Precious, these spaces are not. The defiant counterpoint to minimalist, stark modernism, these family homes are made for roughhousing. Síol Studios transformed a Pacific Heights client’s unused closet into a six-foot-square play nook shaped by curvy ramps, lined with LED lights, and covered in nubby fabric. “It was totally designed for kids,” says principal Jessica Weigley, “but it ended up being a place where adults go to unwind—or make out.” Ross Levy of Levy Art and Architecture added an open-air passageway of artificial turf between the bedrooms of two soccer-playing sisters in Noe Valley. Susan Greenleaf of Greenleaf Design Studio linked bunk beds in her Pac Heights home with a treehouseevoking rope ladder. And a slew of local architects, including Levy, Casper Mork-Ulnes of Mork Ulnes Architects, and Jonathan Feldman of Feldman Architecture, have installed free-flying wooden swings in living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms from Dogpatch to the Haight.

 


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Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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