Inspired international playgrounds

Bellevue Park Paris BASE

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.

Bellevue Park Paris BASE

Bellevue Park Paris BASE

Bellevue Park Paris BASE

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.

Want more inspired design for children? Check out our previous posts here.

(via Handmade Charlotte and Playscapes)

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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