Children participating in a workshop at Hayball's Sydney Studio.

Hayball Workshop. Photo courtesy Hayball

Hayball: Space for Serious Play (ages 5-18)

Focus Tour - Saturday 2 November

Surry Hills




Hayball in association with Bettina Steffens


2018 IDEA Awards - Short-listed

2018 Dezeen Awards - Longlisted

2018 Australian Timber Design Awards - Short-listed

The Hayball Sydney Studio is a Surry Hills-based architecture practice housed within an industrial brick building that was formerly a shoe-making factory. Inspired by contemporary learning environments, the interior refurbishment was developed as a prototype workplace. The space comprises a variety of purposeful settings for experimentation and play, such as a workshop space, whiteboard room and table-tennis setting. Hayball’s research highlights the benefits of play within learning and work settings to encourage creativity, critical thinking and collaboration between students and work teams. As a space for experimentation and exploration, the Hayball studio provides a canvas for work and play, for our community, adults and children alike.

Tour experience

Join us in the Hayball Sydney Studio for a hands-on workshop to turn our office into a playscape! Using recycled materials such as cardboard and sample offcuts, participants will work collectively to create a large immersive playscape within the studio.

Older students will work together to create the framework for the playscape using recycled cardboard. The playscape will support a variety of playful behaviours, such as hiding, chasing and pretend play. This playscape framework will give the younger students a ‘backdrop’ to refine and test the playability of the structure add further detail using recycled fabrics and textures. The experience will expose students to how space can support play and inspire us all to create more playful spaces in the workplace, school or city. The end outcome will be an immersive playscape made of cardboard and decorated with fabrics, drawings and material samples.

This playscape framework with give the younger students a ‘backdrop’ to add further detail to the playscape using recycled fabrics and textures.


Natalia Krysiak

Natalia specialises in the design of child-oriented and community environments. Her research focuses on child-friendly cities and how the built environment can contribute to the health and wellbeing of children. In 2019 Natalia is undertaking a Churchill Fellowship exploring best practice for designing child-friendly high-density neighbourhoods. She has previously collaborated with institutions such as the Australian Institute of Architects, Macquarie University and the University of Sydney’s Chau Chak Wing Museum.

Andrew Fong

Andrew is a practising architect with broad-ranging experience in child-centred learning environments. He specialises in developing spaces to support learners by advocating for diverse, immersive environments. Collaborations with institutions such as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Sydney Living Museums, the Australian Museum, the University of Sydney’s Chau Chak Wing Museum and NSW-based schools have instilled in Andrew a strong understanding of exhibition and education design principles.

  • Interior photograph of the Whiteboard room at Hayball Architect's Sydney Studio
  • 2018 Sydney Open Children's Workshop at Hayball Studio

Key information

Session duration

120 mins


This tour has a capacity of 30 people per session.

Visitor requirements

This session is designed for secondary and primary school-aged children. Parents are welcome to accompany their children for their session, but parental supervision is not a requirement

to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Food & drink available

  • Pram friendly

  • Please be aware there are 4 steps up to the studio space