A dynamic sensory experience for under 5's designed for the Barbican Centre foyer.
We collaborated with the Barbican Learning and Engagement team to create the Barbican Blocks, a set of play components which act as a tool to open up their iconic foyer spaces to a wider audience of under 5’s and their families.
Barbican Blocks is a stack of textured blocks made from easily recognisable everyday materials put together in unusual and unexpected ways. They unpack to create a immersive play landscape, filling any space they inhabit. When stacked up they become a sculptural free-standing cube waiting to be unpacked again.
Blocks are designed to create an inclusive, nurturing, child-centred experience.
By using a wide range of textures and materials we allow children using the blocks to increase their understanding of the world and their ability to navigate it as they grow older.
Barbican Blocks empower children and their carers to explore the built environment using their body and their senses. By moving the blocks and placing them carefully children make large scale architectural changes to the space they are in. At the heart of the project lies the importance of child-led play and the co-design of space. With this interactive kit the Barbican’s youngest visitor become inventive explorers, curating their own experience while discovering and investigating the wider architecture of the Barbican.
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