It’s evident that people are fascinated with the notion of play from our recent coverage of Lego’s Denmark office slide, Carsten Höller’s recent whimsical installations, and students at a Munich university developing a fun way for students to get to class. When it comes down to outright playgrounds, Danish firm, Monstrum have dreamed up the most fantastic outdoor structures that kids and adults alike can climb in and out of. Forget everything you’ve ever learned about slides, jungle gyms, and swings.
What Monstrum has done is make every childhood fantasy come to life in the form of majestic off-kilter castles, massive spiders, shipwrecked boats, and life-sized whales. Describing their approach towards playground design Monstrum writes on their site:
We see the world as a place full of color. We meet boys that like pink and girls that likes trees, so why only play on a monkey frame and in a sandbox, when you can play in a moon crater or a submarine or a giant spider or an enormous snail or a Trojans horse or a rocket or an ant or a princess castle. The fantasy is infinite.
The foremost purpose of the playgrounds is to challenge the motor skills of the child at all levels. Younger kids are driven and inspired by watching the skills of the older kids (mentors), and the older kids are driven by the small victories in which they can measure there own advancement with heighs, length and speed. Playgrounds for children with special needs, require careful studdy and knowledge of the specific child’s need. We always create our playgrounds with as much accessiblity as possible. The playground is also a social meeting place for all kinds of kids.
To see more of the playful and imaginative settings for children click on the thumbnails below.