The 14th St Y Movescape is a literal and conceptual platform for play and explorative learning. Working closely with the director and teachers at the Early Education Center, Cas Holman re-imagined the Y’s rooftop playground as a landscape for flexible use. The multi-tiered deck has slopes, curves, nooks and patterns in wood to inspire active imaginative play. By plugging vertical posts into the deck, children and teachers can transform the space into a stage, fort village, or field of patterned and colored forms creating play with light, shadow, reflection, and color. Seasonally these posts enable experiments with the elements at childs-eye level. A rain gauge, snow drift plates, icicle maker are a few examples of ways the Movescape can be activated by the curriculum in playful ways. Best of all, these “plug-in’s” can be invented, created, and tested by children with found materials.
Because of it’s prime location and coveted open-air space, the roof is also an asset to the Y as an event space. The new design will make gatherings, rooftop movie screenings, outdoor yoga, live performances, stargazing and lectures on the roof all the more exciting as either amphitheater or stage. Click here to find out more.