The Sensory House concept in the Early Childhood Play and Classroom Yard features six-sided structure with a variety of sensory panels and windows for investigative and imaginative play.  The Sensory House is surrounded by a child's garden, with materials selected for texture and fragrance.
The K-8 Yard consists of active and passive play and multiple areas supporting collaborative, imaginative and social learning and play.  There is a classroom gathering court with a shade canopy, outdoor art studio and an imagination house.
The ECEC yard serves as outdoor space for children ages 1 to 4.  Toddler area is separated by the Max Paul Garden of Peace, a child's sensory garden, with pathways, fragrance and a rain chain.

Rockwern Academy

Cincinnati, OH

Project Description

SHP reimagined two playgrounds into learning-focused outdoor spaces. Our work includes master planning, programming and design of learn/play sites for two distinct age groups: 2-5 year-olds and 4-15 year-olds.

Year Completed


Project Features

  • SHP developed two design concepts: one organized around the concept of community and the other focused on the things that happen along a story path.
  • Spaces include a sensory garden, imaginary play, water & sand areas, space for motor skill activities including a basketball court and social gathering sports.
  • Our work includes developing imagery for fundraising as well as working with the client to identify various ways to acknowledge donors.

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