The Demelza House Children’s Labyrinth

‘Adding life to days when days cannot be added to life’ encapsulates the approach given to the care and support offered to children with life-limiting conditions and their families who use the services at Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

 The labyrinth forms part of a large deck with bench seating sheltered by a timber pergola, all installed by The Labyrinth Builders.

On discovering a labyrinth for the first time children will often race around the circuits, take short cuts, jump from path to path and generally do their own thing in a rather more exuberant and energetic spirit than adult walkers. 

That sense of fun is reflected in the design of the Labyrinth. Bright elementary colours  snake along the walls and offer two additional routes  around the labyrinth.

The four posts rising from the labyrinth challenge the children’s ability to keep on the coloured paths while allowing easier passage when walking in a conventional manner.

For those children at Demelza House who are unable to walk or run, the scale of the labyrinth is such that the whole pattern can be seen in its entirety and the different paths followed by eye.

Labyrinth Facts

Design Andrew Wiggins
Construction The Labyrinth Builders, September 2008
Style Classical
Circuits 7
Dimensions 4.6m x 4.2m
Distance to the centre 59.2m
Materials Timber decking

 

 

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The Demelza House Children’s Labyrinth is designed to invite  play
The Demelza House Children’s Labyrinth is
designed to invite  play

Bright elementary colours offer two additional paths around the labyrinth
Bright elementary colours offer two
additional paths around the labyrinth

The labyrinth forms the central focus of a large sheltered deck suitable for a wide range of activities
The labyrinth forms the central focus of large
sheltered deck suitable for a wide range of activities

Timber is an ideal surface for play, natural, warm to the touch and more forgiving then alternative ‘hard’ surfaces
Timber is an ideal surface for play, natural,
warm to the touch and more forgiving than
alternative ‘hard’ surfaces

 
The Demelza House Children’s Labyrinth is designed to invite  play
Bright elementary colours offer two additional paths around the labyrinth
The labyrinth forms the central focus of a large sheltered deck suitable for a wide range of activities
Timber is an ideal surface for play, natural, warm to the touch and more forgiving then alternative ‘hard’ surfaces