Slides aren’t just for children. In recent years, contemporary architects and home designers have been innovating new ways to use slides in the place of (or alongside) stairs. These vibrant indoor features are bringing a playful twist to the interiors of homes, offices, and public spaces around the world. They’ve proven to be a hit amongst adults and children alike, and we can expect to see a lot more in the coming years.
In the home, installing a slide can create a safe surface for young children and toddlers to play on, while in the office, slides can offer quick escape routes from the busy meeting rooms and transport employees between departments within a matter of seconds. The inventive ways that indoor slides are being used have continued to amaze and inspire us here at Creative Play. Here are some of our favourite designs from around the world:
Wooden Meeting Rooms by Estelle Vincent, Paris
Architect Estelle Vincent created this timber meeting room in Paris and attached a pale blue slide. It provides a quick exit after meetings and also adds flair to an otherwise standard office design. Employees can enjoy the slide during coffee breaks and use it as an opportunity to really get their creative juices flowing.
YouTube Headquarters, California
YouTube’s hip California headquarters at San Bruno features a giant red slide connecting the second and third floors. The managers wanted to achieve an equal balance between work and play, which is why they also included a putting green, nap pods and even a swimming pool. Could you imagine a more perfect place to work?
Panorama House, South Korea
This inventive South Korean house features a wooden slide, which has been creatively slotted into a combined staircase and bookshelf. It was designed by Seoul studio Moon Hoon and purposely includes a number of different spaces that the owner’s four children can use for play.
Electric Works, Sheffield
Britain’s first indoor helter-skelter slide appeared at the Sheffield Electric Works office complex in 2009. Designers of the development wanted a novel way of lifting employees’ morale during the economic downturn, and that’s exactly what they got. Made of steel and plastic, the slide is 87ft long with a 40ft drop. It adds a feel-good factor to the complex, and it’s certainly an icebreaker with clients.
Townhouse B14, Germany
XTH-Berlin has inserted staggered floors throughout this Berlin townhouse to optimise the living space in the twelve-meter high building. Sloping floors serve as slides that offer quick access from one floor to the other. Some see the design as utterly crazy, and others as a stroke of genius.
Lego PMD, Denmark
It was only fitting that this Danish office, owned by the toy brand Lego, treated its employees to some innovative design work. And the accredited designers Rune Fjord and Rosan Bosch did not disappoint. They installed a swooping metal slide which offers an escape route from the executive meeting room. They also incorporated model-building tables, block-themed stands and a modern library designed from Lego blocks.