Mushrooms in Kazan
Children's playground in the Gorkinsko-Ometevsky forest
Location: Kazan, Gorkinsko-Ometevsky forest
Area: 2000 sq.m.
Turnkey budget: 11 million
Years: 2016-2017
Client: Archtrooper
Prizes: Archiwood'2017, Martela EdDesign Award 2018
Project team:
Bella Filatova, Nikolai Filatov in collaboration with the Chekharda Bureau

The play hub in the forest is not just a playground but an educational space next to the eco-school. It is an eco-education center located in a protected natural area. Here children play and also have lectures. It is a natural area that does not appear in a forest glade, as we are used to seeing playgrounds, but among the trees. So, it becomes a forest labyrinth full of mysteries and secret places. The child explores the natural environment, immerses himself in the forest's secrets, and discovers it from new sides.

We developed in the forest two game levels:
- an air labyrinth passing through the crowns of trees. It stretches between the significant objects of the site: these are game forms lost among the trees, reminiscent of nests or mushrooms. Children can climb inside, like in hollows, or use them as secluded places for playing. From inside these nests, the land is not visible, and children can see only the sky and the crowns of trees. Unusual forms arouse interest in exploring space, do not impose specific game scenarios, but, on the contrary, form creativity in the game;
- a central game core made of natural materials on the ground and a clearing audience between trees in the open air. It is a forest and at the same time research area.