Design for children
Vårbergstoppen's unique geographical history also informed the architect's design choices. Swedish city landscape architect Holger Blom created Vårbergstoppen as an artificial hill in the 1960s. The architects drew on the circular shapes Blom used, in an effort to honour his creation.
The goal was to create a space that embodied the school's mission of being a "home away from home" and celebrated the different cultures that coexist in Brooklyn. The centre features several rooms that are loosely organised around an L-shaped trough, which functions as both a bathroom sink and a social gathering spot. Natural light flows in through large, street-facing windows.
Toy brand Lego has created its first prototype bricks using recycled PET plastic from discarded bottles. Created as part of the Danish company's drive to make all of its products from sustainable materials by 2030, the brick prototypes were created from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), a common thermoplastic used for products such as bottles and clothing.
Tel Aviv-based Hay, who specialises in child-centric design, was commissioned to create the artwork for the Black Box exhibition, which displays pieces from the museum's own collections. The site-specific Soft Landscape installation features an imaginary landscape with cushioned volumes to represent rocky coastlines, as well as the animals that live among them – seals, bears and sea lions.