Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Cubby For A Cause

Did you know there was an annual Cubby House Competition in Australia? I sure didn't, but the 2017 Cubby House Challenge is in full swing and 5 teams, made up of leading designers and architects, are using all of their skills and creativity to create 5 amazing cubbies. The result is not only the award for Australia's Best Cubby but much needed funds toward support for youths at risk of homelessness.
The 5 entries are varied, including Kooky Cubby, using 3D printing; Rapunzel Tower, a fairytale-like castle; MySpace, a Minecraft-inspired cube; Chameleon, a Tee Pee inspired Cubby and Glowb, a globe shaped reflective sphere. 
The designs incorporate the ideas of creativity, shelter, fun, enjoyment and the weird and wonderful. The Cubby House Challenge is co-ordinated by Kids Under Cover, a national youth homelessness charity established in 1989. Kids Under Cover works to provide the foundations to strengthen connection to family, community and education to those at-risk youth, aiming to make a lasting difference in their lives. 
The teams shortlisted for the competition showed an understanding and passion in building the best place for children. They bring incredible ideas, clever and creative design and some new technology to the job of building fun and magical places for children to play and grow. 
Kids Under Cover CEO, Jo Swift, says "The funds raised through the auction of these cubbies contribute to the crucial work of Kids a Under Cover. In 2017, our goal is raise a record $150,000. All funds raised are directed towards keeping at-risk young people in contact with their families and networks." Funds raised, this year, go toward investing in relocatable studios for at-risk young people. 
 The 2017 Cubby House Challenge entries are judged for the following awards:
  • Australia's Best Cubby
  • Melbourne's Best Cubby
  • Best Architectural Cubby
  • Best Interior Design Cubby
  • Most Imagainative Cubby
  • Kid's Choice
The judging panel consists of Peter Maddison, Host of Lifestyle Channel's Grand Designs Australia; Joe Snell, Architect and Judge on Channel 7's House Rules; Fiona Lynch, Interior Designer; Lucy Feagins, Editor of The Design Files; Alice Stolz, National Managing Editor at Domain; Dr Justin Coulson, Parenting Expert and children, because they are hugely qualified in this subject. 
More information if Kids Under Cover can be found at www.kuc.org.au
I love all of the designs but think that the Minecraft inspired Cubby might be a favourite. I will be keeping my eye in the decision on March 30th.  page1image22144

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