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    This project is created in a collaboration between industrial designers and communication designers by including the users in the design process. We wanted to create an environment that motivates children to play Read Less
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This project is created in a collaboration between industrial designers and communication designers by including the users in the design process. We visited a kindergarten where we tested our ideas and concepts with the children. 

We wanted to create an environment that motivates children to play
We discovered that children at kindergarten age are more motivated when they are using both their bodies and minds when playing. If a toy or an environment is abstract it can be played with for a longer period of time. Things have to be multifunctional in order to keep the children occupied. If a playing object is dynamic and the children can change it themselves, the play will also last longer.
The shape
In the sketching process we wanted to create a dynamic pattern. But in stead of making a lot of different shapes and sizes, we created an asymmetric hexagonal shape that made it possible to repeat the same shape and just rotate it to make it look more dynamic. This also makes it easier and less expensive to produce, and at the same time it makes it easer to clean up, because all the blocks fits in all the holes.
The final concept
MAU is a playground which consists of a wall with a number of asymmetric hexagonal caves that are connected inside the wall. In each cave a foam block shaped as a small house is placed. Children can pull out the blocks and use them to create an environment on the floor. Each block is identical, but the caves are rotated to create a dynamic pattern on the wall. When it is not in use, all the blocks can be placed in the wall, and the roofs of the houses creates a three dimensional wall. 
Imagination
Children are encouraged to use their imagination when playing at the MAU playground. It can be anything: a castle, a beehive, a small society or maybe just a cave. 

Creating
Children can easily customise the MAU playground by taking out the houses and placing them as they like, in groups or separated.

Cooperating
MAU encourages children to cooperate while playing with the houses and creating a playing environment

Privacy
In MAU the child can find peace and privacy as well as playing together with other children.
We tested our final concept with a group of children and it was a big success. It was very well received, both by the children and the teachers.