Rodeph Sholom School in Manhattan, NYC, has constructed a series of rooftop playdecks that supplement the interior physical education spaces and encourage student play and wellbeing.
Architecture firm MBB renovated the existing 140 square-metre playdeck on the lower rooftop for the elementary school students and constructed a new 215 square-metre playspace on an upper roof for the middle school students. These outdoor, onsite play spaces are a critical component of active design strategies that complement interior physical education spaces and support student wellness.
The lower play deck was resurfaced and a new steel and chain link enclosure was added to allow basketball and foursquare to be played. Decorative green and yellow resin panels were installed around the perimeter, creating visual interest and a playful environment in the limited space available. The resin panels also define smaller nooks for students who prefer quieter play.
The construction of the upper playdeck involved reinforcing the existing building’s structure to support a new floor deck and ball cage for an outdoor half basketball court with views of the Manhattan skyline. The new play surface is acoustically isolated from classrooms below and is screened from rooftop mechanical equipment by a fibre-cement board rainscreen.
A seating area features a custom Ipe-wood bench that incorporates storage space for sports equipment. As with the lower play deck, the space for active play was maximised while smaller areas were considered opportunities to create quieter zones creating variety and choice for students.
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