Studio Gil’s Urban Toy Box

One of the trends of 2012 in design, especially in the urban context, is ensuring that play is a fundamental part of our daily, public lives. London-based Studio Gil Architects seem to agree, but have put together a concept that is directed at those that need play the most: children.

Released as part of the Ten Plus One exhibit at London’s Gopher Hole earlier this year, the ToyBox is a portable structure that has a remarkably simple design that uses pressure joints to hold everything together, meaning that the structural elements themselves are what holds the thing together.

ToyBox has all sorts of spaces to hold toys (bubble gun!) and games (noughts and crosses!) and is seemingly designed to be used by children in public space.

I kind of want one for myself, though.

Photos by Simon Kennedy