There’s a rumour going around my local area that suggests one of our parks is going to be redeveloped. As soon as the council calls for ideas, I’ll be quick off the mark with lots of suggestions drawn from these amazing playgrounds from around the world.
First off, it’s fun on a vertical plane at the Belleville Park playground in Paris. The park is designed by BASE and was inspired by mountain landscapes, flying carpets and medieval forts. The playground is located on a steep slope and has a climbing course with different inclinations for different levels and different age groups.
In Japan, find these amazing (and I suspect quite old) stone elephant slides – a little spot for play in the streetscape.
I love these gigantic see-saws, located at the Tilla Durieux Park in Berlin, Germany.
Not all tree houses are the same, as proven by architecture students at London Metropolitan University. This tree house, constructed around a lone tree, is truly inspired.
Dutch landscape design outfit, Carve, have created some stunning playgrounds. Melis Stoke Park in The Hague was designed for children with disabilities, yet is challenging for all children. It has a wooden climbing wall with hundreds of round climbing holds and an ‘inner’ play area with a rope swing, sandpit and more. It’s a nice example of fantastic design at a small scale.
Carve also designed the magnificent Vondel Towers, the playground feature at Vondelpark in a suburb of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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