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play by philippa

a blog about all things play

Category Archives: Landscape Architecture

I get so excited when I discover a cool playground on the web however I am even more excited about this Playground dubbed ‘Geopark’.  ‘Geopark‘ is completely constructed using recycled materials left over from the local oil industry in Stavanger, Norway.

The Norwegian Architects Helen and Hard utilized the expertise and materials (including waste) obtained from the oil industry as well as the involvement and ideas of local youths to create a park sensitive to the site and needs of the community. The park includes spaces for play, skate and riding and discarded objects are used to create a jumping landscape, a trasfer basket, chill-out area and an exhibition space to house graffiti and street art.

‘Geopark’ was originally intended to have a lifeline of one year,  however’ according to the Helen and Hard website, there are discussions to make the Park a permanent feature.

Thank you to Abstract Noun and Apartment Therapy for their Photos.

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I recently visited  the Manly Vale Community Garden on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and really loved it. There was a true spirit to the garden and the involvement and commitment by the community could be seen in the beautifully kept veggie patches and the small orchard. Children were playing on all play equipment pieces especially liking the rockers and the double mound slide. I personally enjoyed the basket swing and just overall relaxing in the space.

The Manly Vale Community Garden blog has further information about the garden, becoming a member, as well classes and events on organic gardening. So get gardening, oh and playing of course!

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Now and then I hope to post pictures of playgrounds I have visited from home as well as from abroad. I really enjoyed seeing different playgrounds overseas and I think it will be really interesting to compare them to ones at home.

I visited Stockholm in July 2011, and particularly loved this playground that I stumbled on in Vasastaden. Vasaparken itself was a fantastic park, full of endless activities with putt putt golf, a cafe and a playing field that turns into a an Ice Rink in Winter. I think the playground is beginning to show its age especially in the rubber wetpour, but the modern and traditional play elements still allow it to be a really functional and playful space.

 

The Landscpae Architects Grontmij won the prestigious Sienapriset award for the park in 2008.


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For the first post for play by philippa, I am going to start by posting a play structure that everyone just looks at in awe and says “Man! I wish I had that growing up.” Designed by Berlin-based ANNABAU Architektur und Landschaft . The entire structure composes of two elements. The outer element is a ‘multi-layered loop’ of suspended net and climbing elements supported by continuous stainless steel piping. The inner element is an arrangement of Rubber mounds allowing play of all types.

You can view more photos and plans of the structure at ANNABAU Architektur und Landschaft.

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