Plan of Ama’r Children Culture House by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter - Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

Photo by Jens Lindhe.

Venice 2016 – What if kids could contribute to design their own playhouse? At the Danish Pavilion in Venice, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter presents the Ama’r Children Culture House, the first playhouse developed with children’s fanciful and fun input. The result is an architectural Villa Vellekulla, the famous home of children-book character Pippi Longstocking. Together, architects and kids defined an unexpected combination of spaces ready to be explored in a wide range of spatial experiences.


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Plan of Ama’r Children Culture House by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter - Photo by Torben Eskerod. Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

Photo by Torben Eskerod.

The project does not have a start and end as other ordinary houses do” say at Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter. A silvery aluminium skin perforated by square windows both on the walls and on the roof wraps an L-shaped building with asymmetrical volumes.

Plan of Ama’r Children Culture House by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter - Photo by Torben Eskerod. Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

Photo by Torben Eskerod.

The House seems to connect the bodies and roofs of two adjoining brick buildings with different heights. The joint of the children centre, where the extended lines of the existing buildings meet, is lowered to allow maximum sunlight to reach the rear courtyard.

Plan of Ama’r Children Culture House by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter - Photo by Torben Eskerod. Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

Photo by Torben Eskerod.

Inside, the Ama’r Children Culture House is organised like a mountain. All interior spaces are visually connected, and are bound together by dynamic circulation. The project offers flexible spaces and customised furniture, which have been proven to enhance children’s creativity and active participation.


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Plan of Ama’r Children Culture House by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter - Photo by Torben Eskerod. Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

Photo by Torben Eskerod.

The studio considered the children’s countless ideas and wishes through- out the design process. They have created a house with many intriguing angles, caves and stairs that provide a wealth of opportunities for creative expression and exploration. Just like the kids wished for” said Nild Regout, Head of Ama’r Children’s Culture House.

Ama’r Children Culture House by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter - Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

Photo by Jens Lindhe. 

The project was selected by the curators of the Art of the many exhibition at the Danish Pavilion in 2016 Venice Biennale (Giardini). The pavilion highlights how Danish architects, in cooperation with planners, politicians and developers, are working on a daily basis to renew the tradition of focusing on the human being.

Model of Ama’r Children Culture House at the Denmark Pavilion, Venice - Photo by Francesco Galli.

Model of Ama’r Children Culture House at the Denmark Pavilion, Venice – Photo by Francesco Galli.


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Plan of Ama’r Children Culture House by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter - Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

Plan of Ama’r Children Culture House by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter - Photo by Torben Eskerod. Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

Photo by Torben Eskerod.

Ama’r Children Culture House by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter - Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.