PlayScape Koh Rong
PlayScape is a creative play and learning space that CAUKIN Studio designed and built for the local school on the beautiful island of Koh Rong off the coast of Cambodia. The design combines 3 elements: a playground, a semi enclosed space to read, relax and draw, and a shelter to protect a sculptural fish provided by Caribou through a winning competition entry. Their scheme unites all three parts into a simple and effective design.
Children from the ages of 5 - 15 attend the school and currently have no space to call their own. Everywhere that they used to spend their days playing and socialising with friends has recently been taken over by the influx of tourism, guesthouses, and the bars that come with them. The space CAUKIN created becomes more than just a playground, but somewhere children can always go knowing they are safe.
Due to the rapid increase in tourism and the economy there is also a rise in jobs on the island. The school provides the necessary education and teaches the students to speak English so that they can obtain these jobs themselves and maintain their traditions and culture. CAUKIN hope the playground will help the children to explore their own creativity through playing and learning, something that can be easily lost without a place to express their ideas.