Inside the Box, Isola Pepe Verde, Italy

ClientIsola Pepe Verde
DateMilan, Italy. 2019

A prominent feature of our intervention is that is focused on a small-scale approach, so able to connect people with the environment. The impact that an intervention makes is important. Therefore big physical changes might encompass projects that are irrelevant. With small pinpricks, as regeneration of the urban space itʼs possible to have a bigger impact. Enhancing the unique qualities of the neighbourhood to avoid clashes of incompatible activities we devided the phases in three stages (Inside the box).


  1. ASENSORY PLAY. it’s important to provide children sensory experiences each and every day. Yet “asensory” experiences play an important role in sensory development as well. The cube structure defines empty space. The wood smell lacks distraction. The sound of the boxes moving on the rails is muted and music-less. This very LACK of sensory inputs is an essential contrast to the more powerful and deliberate stimulation we traditionally think of when we talk about “sensory play.”
  2. IMAGINATION. Children could help to design the function inside the boxes following their needs and aspectations.
  3. SPATIAL AWARENESS. The first thing little kids do when confronted with a box is try to get in it. In the early years, little ones spend a good deal of time getting to know their own bodies, and with that comes the necessary question “how big am I?” But they’re growing, so the answer to that question keeps changing. That’s why kids are constantly testing their own size by crawling in, through, around, over and under things. And boxes are often the perfect size for this kind of spatial exploration.
  4. COMFORT & SECURITY. There’s also an emotional component to seeking out small spaces. Right from the start, children are soothed by a sense of being bundled up or embraced in mommy’s arms. This need for “denning” continues throughout childhood (and I would argue throughout life) because in many ways, it’s a subconscious return to the comfort of the womb.


Inside the box is a multi-functional space can be described as a true integration of different functions in time and space. For example, implementing multi-functionality within communities creates spaces that have multiple purposes. Due to their access to diverse uses in one place, these spaces can contribute to a community’s vitality. Through the use of narrow rails on the plaza we want tet the people move the boxes and create their own space.