Green Playhouses

Local design competitions always make me smile. And in this case the contest was to design and build “green” playhouses…so the smiles were shared rather broadly. As one of the design/build teams dubbed it, the structures were scalvaged. Not a bad portmanteau of salvaged and scavenged. Seems that the dumpster diving of my childhood has gone way upscale.

About 15 local architects and builders contributed their work for selection among the child judges. All the proceeds went to the Colorado Green Building Guild and Growing Gardens (a local group supporting community through urban agriculture). The structures were auctioned off at the end, which was also loads of fun. So much so that even I went home with a lighter wallet…and happier kids.

Here are a few of my favs.

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