The building located right in front of the Jewish Museum in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin is a large hall of the former flower market that today has become part of the museum. In this hall, America-based architectural firm Olson Kundig has created ANOHA, a playground for children. In the process, ANOHA was inspired by Noah's Ark at Los Angeles' Skirball Cultural Center which attaches importance to diversity, collaboration, and second chances.
(A round wooden ark stands in the center of the children's museum, Berlin)
(ANOHA has become a children's playground)
"Our design approach is to create a modern retelling of the ancient story of Noah's Ark – an experience that provides hope and possibility for the people who will visit it." Said Alan Maskin, head of design for Olson Kundig Firm.
(150 animal sculptures designed by german artists and made using everyday objects in the neighborhood)
The circularly designed ANOHA with a diameter of 28 meters and a height of 7 meters has become a center of imagination and inspiration not only for children but also for lovers of architecture. Its spherical construction is depicted like the Ark, a large wooden ship used by Noah. Olson Kunding made ANOHA out of a fir wood structure with rubber-coated floors. Its flexible and gentle nature can provide protection and prevent the child from feeling pain when falling.
(ANOHA offers an experience for children aged three to ten to play and learn)
(Children must pass through wooden stairs to reach the net rides)
The ANOHA Ark features 150 animal sculptures custom-made by German artists. These animal sculptures are made from objects that are often encountered daily such as brushes that function as the hands of forest people. This approach encourages children to learn the importance of recycling and reusing while encouraging creativity and imagination through ANOHA.
(ANOHA offers interactive rides for children)
ANOHA, as a fun and interactive playground, is designed for children with an age limit of three to ten years. Here, they are little guests who can play, learn, interact, and explore the museum while learning the importance of how to respect and appreciating people, nature, and animals.
(The animals in the exhibition were constructed using found objects and recycled materials)
Not only interacting with animal sculptures, but the ANOHA Ark also offers a gaming experience as well as provides lessons to help each other, through jarring rides made of wire and iron and equipped with wooden staircases as access to the top.
(150 animal sculptures bring to life the story of Noah's Ark in the children's museum)
In this net ride, children are invited to exchange ideas and work together to achieve success together. Taking the ball from the bottom by drawing into a form of cooperation on the net ride. In addition, Olson Kundig also provides slide rides that are every child's favorite.
(Large and small animals from all over the world fill the Ark and invite children to hike or take care of animals)
In this design, Olson Kundig wanted to provide an experience where we can look back in time and see the future through this collection of animals on the ANOHA Ark, ranging from stone age animals, giant snakes, and predators, to tame soft animals such as horses, owls, and others. "All those present at the ANOHA Ark want to be respected and appreciated." A message that can be taken from ANOHA – Children's World at the Berlin Jewish Museum, Germany.
(Slide rides are the prima donna at ANOHA)