Skinny Playscape, Kalvebod Brygge Copenhagen, JDS Architects, 2013

Like a Wallholla without the wall, this linear playscape by JDS Architects traces a thin line down the “Wave’ of Kalvebod Brygge in (where else but) Copenhagen, the world’s best city for play.   Wow, look at the height that Denmark is willing to allow kids to play at, with no ugly safety* surfacing in sight!  The Wave project continues the development of some ideas JDS expressed in their  Maritime Youth House, also in Copenhagen, utilizing similar wide sloping planes as roofs-floors-slides.  Constructed way back in 2004, the Youth House’s undulating roofscape should rightfully be given credit for starting the whole ‘playable roof’ trend that has now been taken up by other designers.

*Given the new studies on how rubber safety surfacing may actually contribute to playground injuries, we should perhaps call it ‘danger surfacing’.   Watch this space for more news on the battle to keep grass from being thrown off the playground.

One Response to “Skinny Playscape, Kalvebod Brygge Copenhagen, JDS Architects, 2013”

  1. Michael Cohen said:

    This is the furthest I’ve seen the safety pendulum swing towards risk. Thanks for sharing, Paige.

    August 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

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