Fiii Fun House cafe by Íris Cantante features swing seats

Fiii Fun House cafe by Íris Cantante features wooden swing seats

Small wooden houses contain play areas and swinging furniture at this Buenos Aires cafe for both adults and children by architect Íris Cantante (+ slideshow).

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

Split over two levels, the 240-square-metre Fiii Fun House has a cafe and play zone on the ground floor, and a space for private events upstairs.

Íris Cantante installed three "fun houses" within the children's area of the cafe, which is located in the Las Cañitas area of the Argentinian capital.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

"The wood houses divide and control the open space, generating different zones with different moods," Cantante told Dezeen.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

The first structure covers a large communal table for adults, while the second was designed with a sound-absorbing cork floor as a play area for babies and toddlers.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

In the third, wooden seats with triangular profile are hung from ropes on either side, creating swings for older children around a table.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

"I felt that using swings instead of chairs would help and encourage them to feel more relaxed and free so they can get loose in their imagination," said Cantante.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

Thin gaps in the pitched roofs of these structures add to the amount of light that enters from the open gable-end walls.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

In the same area, fabric sacks suspended from the ceiling create cocoon-like seats for children to hide inside.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

This play zone, where children are looked after while their carers eat, is fenced off from the dining area by tall wooden poles.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

Topped with a row of potted plants, the semi-open partition allows the adults to keep an eye on the kids.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

On the other side of the fence, larger swing seats can be used by adults. Standard tables and chair fill the remainder of the dining area.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

A service counter is located within another house-shaped frame, which is made from metal tubing.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

"The idea was to create a global concept," Cantante told Dezeen. "A funny, beautiful and stylish place, where everybody felt comfortable."

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

South American guatambu wood was used to create the majority of the structures and bespoke furniture pieces.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

Lightbulbs are hung from wires that are strung across the ceiling from a small number of connection points.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante

The cafe is fronted by a facade of double-height glazing so the gabled wooden structures can be viewed from the street.

Photography is by Diego Delpino.

Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante
Ground floor plan – click for larger image
Fiii Fun House by Íris Cantante
First floor plan – click for larger image