Monstrum Playgrounds

(Love the height of that entry! Most playground steps are so low that kids will try to take them two at a time to make their own challenge, which is actually less safe.)
In the playscapes of Danish firm Monstrum (translation: monster), boats tilt at crazy angles, wrecked planes lie broken in half, playhouses provide escape from gigantic spiders, and hidden portals lead to the belly of a whale. These are playgrounds that don’t shrink from challenging children either physically or mentally.
There is a sense of thrill and danger that most modern playgrounds lack, provided not so much through physical challenges–though the off-kilter angles do create unique play experiences–as through the playground’s imaginative story. The strong forms manage to escape the ‘cuteness’ that can plague story-based playgrounds, and their use of wood is exemplary. Great work.
Many more photos on their website…it was hard for me to choose. [Thanks Ole!]

3 Responses to “Monstrum Playgrounds”

  1. kiddimap.com said:

    Your posts are excellent! Thank you for all your efforts! It gives ideas and a different view on playgrounds!
    http://www.kiddimap.com -> still busy with the finishing touches 🙂

    The aime of Kiddimap will be to collect as many non commercial playgrounds as possible.

    November 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm

  2. commoncents said:

    Excellent post! I really like your blog – keep up the great work!
    COMMON CENTS
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

    ps. Link Exchange??

    November 23, 2009 at 3:47 pm

  3. Verena B said:

    I love this blog!!! Thank you! Thank you!

    November 21, 2009 at 12:08 am

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