Glowb by Playce
There is the whimsical fantasyland of turrets and castles, produced by Porter Davis and a teepee inspired creation built by Probuild. There’s also a Minecraft-inspired cube created by Grimshaw architecture, the Melbourne branch of the international architecture agency, in partnership with Warrick Home Builders.
Each of the five teams designed cubbies they would have loved to play in as children, and in some cases, have consulted children in the creation of their designs. The firms are now set with the task of finalising their designs, and building the cubby houses to be ready for display, judgment and auction in March
The designs are weird and wonderful – including a globe shaped, reflective sphere from Playce, a Melbourne playspace design and landscape architectural consultants partnering with Agency of Sculpture. But they are also embracing new technologies with RMIT students 3d printing a cubby house alongside FMSA Architecture in collaboration with Upstream Studio and Aurecon.
Rapunzel Tower by Porter Davis
2017 also sees the introduction of a panel of top-notch experts to judge the Cubby House Challenge®. Inaugural judge Peter Maddison, host of Lifestyle Channel’s Grand Designs Australia is now joined by Joe Snell, architect and judge on Channel 7’s House Rules; interior designer Fiona Lynch; Lucy Feagins, editor of The Design Files; Alice Stolz, National Managing Editor of Domain; and parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson.
The foremost experts in play, children themselves, will be ably assisting the judging panel to award the categories of Australia’s Best Cubby, Melbourne’s Best Cubby, Best Architectural Cubby, Best Interior Designed Cubby, Most Imaginative Cubby and Kid’s Choice.
Chameleon by Probuild
“The funds raised through the auction of these cubbies contribute to the crucial work of Kids Under Cover. In 2017, our goal is to raise a record $150,000. All funds raised are directed towards keeping at-risk young people in contact with their families and networks.”
The judging panel and selected architecture and build teams have all expressed their excitement at having the opportunity to participate in the Cubby House Challenge® in 2017.
Kooky Cubby by FMSA
“This year’s architectural and building teams were all selected because of their passion and interest in building the best places for children. It was a difficult decision because we had some of the biggest and brightest organisations apply. All of our shortlist have proposed some incredible ideas, and shown a deep commitment to the cause,” Jo Swift, CEO of Kids Under Cover said. “We’re looking forward to watching the development of their individual cubbies as the build teams begin construction. We’ll be following their progress closely.
“Having a safe place to grow and play is essential for children. I love everything about this charity; the assistance it gives to those who need it most and also for the opportunity it presents in allowing children to indulge and play in the most wonderful and clever cubby houses,” judge Alice Stolz said. “It’s also a pertinent reminder to designers, architects and builders of what is really important when it comes to a house: the simplicity of security and shelter, and where possible, the flourish of clever and creative design.”
Aaron Wallis, Director of Playce, echoed these sentiments, adding that in partnership with Agency of Sculpture, their cubby would blur the lines of art and play, and create unique play opportunities.
“We can’t think of a better way to support Kids Under Cover than to showcase the importance of imaginative play and creating something magical for everyone to enjoy,” Aaron Wallis, Director of Playce said. “We want to ensure our cubby inspires creative play and celebrates the value of simply having fun, for all ages.”
About Kids Under Cover
Established in 1989, Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent homelessness among young people by providing the foundations to strengthen their connection to family, community and education, and make a lasting difference in their lives. For more information visit kuc.org.au