In his Broadway Boogie Woogie, Piet Mondrian used tape and grid-like painted stripes to simulate Manhattan's constant flow of traffic. This modernist design is based on the same principles. Playing children can create a similarly frenetic hustle and bustle, and this layout is all to do with the flow of traffic throughout the space.
The square concrete pavers evoke Mondrian's NYC grid, and the diagonals are cut along the windows' sight lines. The children's play area in the eastern corner (complete with thornless blackberry vine teepee) and the hidden zen garden in the southwest (surrounded by a 10' hedge and containing a heated soaking pool) mimic traffic roundabouts.
Hand-drawn conceptual drawings, like this one, allow for fluidity and freedom and keep the conversation between client and designer open and dynamic.