Child'S Play Tower

CompanyKane Architects Limited.
Lead DesignerNeil Kane
Design TeamNeil Kane, Chinwe Kane, Michael Fitton, Cathal Dennehy, Robert Sheppard, Aaron Cowan & Emmet Kane.
ClientAilbhe Kane
CreditsPhotos - Dermot Fitzgerald Photography.
Prize(s)3rd Place in Other Architectural Designs / Other Architectural designs
Entry Description

Neil Kane was approached by his 3 year old daughter Ailbhe requesting a tree house. Her brief - "tall, square and yellow (not pink!)". With no suitable trees in their garden he designed a Child's Play Tower; the 1.6x1.6x4.2m stand-alone timber structure was inspired by a local 12th century castle ruin. With a frame of larch wood, a draw-bridge door, a swing underneath, a street sign table and a carpet of autumn leaves. At night it glows yellow. Between the double skin walls she stows treasures; a birds nest, a minion, shells and stones..."like a child's purse full of useless things".


Established in 2010 and based in Cork City, KANE architects is an architectural practice specialising in residential, education and commercial sectors. With a track record in the delivery of wide range of projects from domestic refurbishments and extensions, new build houses, school extensions, office fit-outs and leisure facilities. Using a design led approach to projects, KANE architects works closely with their client’s to establish the brief in order to provide innovative, energy efficient and bespoke solutions to projects.

Awards and Prize

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Public Choice Architecture Awards 2017 - Third Place - A Child's Play Tower.