clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

10 luxury playhouses that don't skimp on style

Design teams include David Baker Architects and Facebook

Get ready to call your therapist and de-friend mom and dad on Facebook. Any childhood that did not involve contemporary luxury playhouses, akin to one of the 10 stunning renderings below, clearly wasn’t a good one. Sorry, folks.

In all seriousness, these playhouses—dreamed up by teams of local and notable architects, designers, and builders—are all part of Palo Alto’s Dreams Happen, a biennial fundraising event benefiting Rebuilding Together Peninsula, an organization dedicated to rehabilitating the homes of low-income neighbors in the South Bay.

This year’s playhouse design-build teams include names like Facebook and Olson Kundig, who together conceived the “Lacuna” crib.

And according to the press release, it is something else: “Lacuna offers a space of refuge for children as an elevated wooden cocoon, while also functioning as a luminous, abstract landscape sculpture...the ladder marks the transition from the earth below to the imaginative realm of the playhouse above.”

Each playpad is custom-designed with unique accents. Playhouses have a maximum footprint of 8’x10’ and may go as hight as to 10’6” tall. Nearly all have operational doors and windows, with designs inspired by midcentury-modern, fantasy, artisan hipster retail.

Starting April 22, the playhouses will be on display at Stanford Shopping Center through June 9. On Saturday, May 20 there will be a special open house from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to preview the interiors of the playhouses.


Lacuna by Facebook, Olson Kundig, and Level 10 Construction.
Backyard Bandshell by Ike Kligerman Barkley and Van Acker Construction.
Farm to Table: David Baker Architects and Cahill Contractors.
Fire House: Larry Kahle, John Onken and IAFF L2400, San Mateo County Firefighters.
Play is More by Nomos RED and BONE Structure.
Splash Trolley by AP+I Design and NOVO Construction, Inc.
The Enchanted Cottage by Charmed Playhouses.
The Lookout by BAR Architects and Blach Construction.
The Skygazer by Libby Raab Architecture and Olivewood, Inc.
Time Transporter by Hayes Group Architects and SC Builders.