ISSUE 46  |  All in the Family

15 Radical Kids’ Climbing, Swinging, and Sliding Spaces

November 20, 2014 6:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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We know we’re not the only ones with childhood dreams of hidden passageways, slides, and ladders. Here are 15 radical indoor spaces that fulfill those dreams and help burn off excess energy.

N.B.: For children who prefer swings, visit 14 Children’s Swings for Indoor Play.

Above: A kids’ bedroom with gymnastics rings created by Danish textile company Oyoy and filled with their Kids’ Collection. For more, see our post Fabrics and Linens from Danish Oyoy.

Above: A wooden slide in a girls’ bedroom. Photograph via Milk Magazine.

Above: A wall-mounted ladder serves as a climbing wall. Photograph via Mrs. Jones.

Above: In his own house, London architect Alex Michaelis created a dramatic slide for his children. For more, see 10 Radical Staircases for Tight Spaces.

Above: A loft space in Los Angeles. Photograph by June and John Brown for OWI.

Above L: A sliding pole via My Scandinavian Retreat. Above R: A house in London designed by Anita Kaushal.

Above: This climbing wall in a child’s room in New York also adds colorful accents. Photograph via AlignedNYC

Above: A built-in slide in a house in Nakameguro, Japan, by Level Architects.

Above: A set of polished tree trunks installed upside down provide climbing areas in the Kita Drachenhöhle kindergarten, in Berlin. Photograph via Architizer.

Above: An indoor steel slide in Skyhouse, a Manhattan penthouse designed by David Hotson. Photograph via Dezeen.

Above: This climbing wall by Feldman Architecture allows access to the next floor. Photograph by Joe Fletcher.

Above L: An indoor climbing ladder photographed by Louis Lemaire. Above R: A ladder in a house in Inverness, California, designed by Gustave Carlson.

Above: An interior climbing wall in Bergen, Norway, by Saunders Architecture via ArchDaily.

For rock climbers in the making, see even more examples in 5 Favorites: Children’s Climbing Walls.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 27, 2009.