Build and snack at Cafe Boobah

Cafe Boobah I-Beam Design

Cafe Boobah I-Beam Design

Play space at a premium? Take it to the wall.

Lena Seow, Vrinda Khanna and Suzan Wines of I-Beam Design came up with this simple but brilliant design- a wall made of Lego base plates.

The Lego wall is part of I-Beam’s design for Café Boobah, a café specifically designed for children and their families in Brooklyn, New York. The café’s ‘Lego lounge’ includes floor to ceiling Lego boards allowing every surface to become a play space. The room also features small cube-shaped pillows, adding to the building adventure.

Wines explains that children can build with or against gravity and that the child’s ability to impact the basic architecture of the play area by building on the wall is a large part of the appeal. “Everything a child builds becomes an integral part of the play space architecture until a new construction is made by someone else,” she says.

Other vertical play surfaces at Café Boobah include a huge floor to ceiling abacus, a chalkboard wall, a magnetic wall and a wall for drawing on with crayons.

(via Bambino Goodies)

Cafe Boobah I-Beam Design

Cafe Boobah I-Beam Design

Cafe Boobah I-Beam Design

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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