Places to Play

Places to Play

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

Nashville, Tennessee

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” — Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The Walden Treehouse, Cheeky Callie and The Conch were all part of public exhibits and competitions at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville and were selected to remain as a permanent fixtures on the property.

Inspired by the quote from Henry David Thoreau’s seminal Walden, the Walden Treehouse builds a back-to-nature house high up into the tree canopy. The floating construction, wood shake palette, and romantic architectural style provide the background for a fairy tale in nature; an ideal place for daydreaming and coming back to earth inspired.

Cheeky Callie was a collaboration of Pfeffer Torode, Steelhead Builders and Ann Daigh Landscape Architecture to show a cocoon bursting to life as a butterfly with plenty of room for little little ones to explore.

The Conch House symbolizes democracy, leadership, and purity as demonstrated in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. It’s larger than life size colorful shell becomes a focal point against the soft landscape, luring children from afar. The children assemble before entering the Conch House to create rules as members of the tribe. Once inside the shell, the child who reaches the top platform, ultimately blows the horn and becomes chief of the tribe.