The science of pillow forts: Architect reveals how children can build the ultimate hideaway

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New York architect Ben Pell found there were three different types of fort – tunnel forts, buttress forts and compound forts.

By Mark Prigg
November 11, 2014, MailOnline

He is more used to building exclusive, minimalist buildings.

However, New York architect Ben Pell has turned his hand to a very different kind of structure – a pillow fort.

Following exhaustive testing with his two children, he has revealed the best way to construct a living room hideaway.

Writing on the blog Fatherly, he explained there are three different types of fort – tunnel forts, buttress forts and compound forts.

He also believes that many children manage to trap themselves inside forts.

“Kids, left to their own devices, pile up pillows and then figure out how to get inside.

‘Or, they’ll build it around themselves and then they can’t leave without destroying it.’

Pell, who in his day job work for Pell Overton, urged children to think like an architect.

He warned prospective builders should first sort the available pillows based on which ones are best for walls and which ones are a good for laying on inside the finished fort.

Over the past twenty years, he has worked on a variety of projects, and also taught on the design faculty of the Syracuse University School of Architecture and the Pratt Institute, and has been a regular member of the Yale School of Architecture faculty since 2005. Read more…

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