Year 3 I One week External Project
Client: Freud Museum London & Anna Freud Foundation
The clients would like to build something that inspires visitors to learn more about Anna Freud and her work, based on the existing ‘Toddler Hut’, currently in use as part of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. It is a pre-fab structure, built as a play space for young children, incorporating a concealed ‘observation’ section, where trainee psychotherapists would and still do, sit and observe children at play. The proposed scope of work was delivered as an actionable project, which the Museum may elect to pursue in the future.
We took inspiration from the Montessori replica toy. First, we thought of a modular system inspired by the way the toy is played, but we eventually decided to keep one form. We used curved forms as it is child friendly.
Freud Museum bookshop leads directly to the back garden where the structure would reside.
Each cylinder block accessible to children contains toy replicas of the original toys used in Anna Freud's toddler hut. Cylinder drawers only reachable to adults provides information about the history of the foundation. The goal is to have these cylinders serve as educational tools to children as well as adults.
We liked the idea of ‘telling the story through the object’ and how the toddler hut was an ordinary space until objects were touched and opened. We wanted to design a space that seems ordinary but the narrative of Anna Freud’s ideas are revealed when things open.