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Ground floor plan: 1 Lockable entrance court to diner, 2 Lockable entrance court to workshop space, 3 diner, 4 workshop space, 5 play equipment storage & issue (scaffolding storage & transport), 6 handicapped toilet & nappy change area, 7 toilet for males, 8 toilet for females, 9 stair to play-roof, 10 cupboard, 11 bar, 12 kitchen, 13 cloakroom, 14 storage terrace, 15 climbing wall, 16 play furniture, 17 sandpit, 18 slide.
Ground floor plan: 1 Lockable entrance court to diner, 2 Lockable entrance court to workshop space, 3 diner, 4 workshop space, 5 play equipment storage & issue (scaffolding storage & transport), 6 handicapped toilet & nappy change area, 7 toilet for males, 8 toilet for females, 9 stair to play-roof, 10 cupboard, 11 bar, 12 kitchen, 13 cloakroom, 14 storage terrace, 15 climbing wall, 16 play furniture, 17 sandpit, 18 slide.

Scaffolding structure and climbing elements are conveyed in the service units to the next site.
Scaffolding structure and climbing elements are conveyed in the service units to the next site.


Children can climb to the roof by way of the south wall.
Children can climb to the roof by way of the south wall.

Playing on the roof
Playing on the roof

View from the diner of children at play
View from the diner of children at play

Service strip facade with doors from demolished buildings
Service strip facade with doors from demolished buildings

Round about is a zone with a stair where you can sit and places where you can play.
Round about is a zone with a stair where you can sit and places where you can play.




PROJECTINDEX
 
PLAYING FOR TIME
Technische Universiteit Delft
ARCHITECTURE

A travelling world of play; meeting in the time between
This final-year project constructs in the Transvaal quarter of The Hague a temporary playground with a meeting place for parents in the period between demolish & rebuild.

In the Netherlands, the standard approach to a problem neighbourhood is to demolish the lot. Many Dutch cities are caught up in a transformation process of demolish & rebuild, a process that can take tens of years. The Transvaal quarter is one of the poorest and most densely populated areas of The Hague, dogged as it is by high unemployment, crime, and drug use and trafficking. Between 2002 and 2014, 3000 of its 7000 social rented units are to be demolished to make way for 1600 owner-occupied houses for middle income earners. Transvaal is registered as one of 40 problem neighbourhoods, the so-called action neighbourhoods. Additional money is to be invested in these areas to redress a combination of social, physical and economic ills.
During demolition, temporary 'ghost streets' emerge in the neighbourhood, with houses boarded up and houses being demolished. An area can lie vacant for more than a year before rebuilding begins. This transitional period we call the time between. It is important to retain social cohesion in this period. Two polarized population groups, rich and poor, will have each other to deal with in Transvaal. Children are the key to uniting the two groups. They see each other at school and want to play together. The next step is that their parents come into contact.
In Transvaal the quality of the playgrounds is barely adequate, often being little more than a patch of worn grass or a 'spring animal' in a clearing. These days the open space in the city, once the children's domain, is ruled by cars. Taking the demolition in phases into consideration, we can indicate a number of areas where higher concentrations of time between and space between occur. These are ideal places for giving a sustainable impulse to the new situation, an architectural shot in the arm bringing continuity to the dynamic germane to the quarter.
The upshot in this project is a temporary playground built partly of material liberated by demolition including front doors, old floorboards and beams, where parents can meet and where non-native speakers can be taught Dutch. This will expose the soul of Transvaal.
New components of the building can be brought in on the back of the phased demolition process. The scaffolding and elements of the climbing wall can be transported in the units constituting the service strip of bar, kitchen, toilets, stair and storage. This means that the demountable building can be variously reassembled and the places in question marked off in a different if related way. This approach is applicable to every problem neighbourhood, at every place where the time between obtains.