The New Zealand Herald published a short piece today about the amazing playgrounds created by a Danish company called Monstrum. I’ve just been checking out the Monstrum website, and their work is incredible – inspirational design ideas for playground designers everywhere.
I’m posting about this not just because I love cool playgrounds, but also because it’s fantastic to see that many of the Monstrum playgrounds are fenced, when the surroundings warrant it. Yes, it is possible to create imaginative, exciting playgrounds for children without compromising on locational safety! Check out some examples from the Monstrum website:
The people at Monstrum write:
MONSTRUMs playgrounds are fitted with a set design that draws children into the playground and inspire them to physical exercise. Already from the pavement the sight of a rocket, a ladybug or a blue whale give the children a tickle in the stomach – long before they actually climb on a steep slide or sit on a swing at full speed.
The most successful playgrounds have a clearly defined age group or are divided into separate areas to meet the needs of the specific ages. Nursery children need comfort, presence of adults, and smaller challenges. Younger kids are driven and inspired by watching the skills of the older kids. Older children need speed and difficult challenges, context and elements like tree houses -separated from the younger kids.
Apart from all the creative ideas you will also find a lot of classical playground elements like the swing, the carousel the jigsaw and the slide. Elements that are fun at all ages.
We always create our playgrounds with as much accessibility as possible, also for children with special needs. We regard the playground as a social meeting place for all children and we aim to give room for social activities as well as physical.
One of the Council planners I’ve been in touch with during the past couple of months theorised that fenced playgrounds would put school-aged children off, because they’d see them as too babyish. I’m not sure how she’s arrived at that conclusion, and whether there’s any evidence to support it, but do you think school-aged children would object to a fence around a playground, if the playground was as cool as the ones that Monstrum has designed?