I’ve talked before on the blog about how a risky narrative can be used to provide a ‘feeling’ of danger on a playground that is still quite safe, a device used very effectively in Monstrum’s imaginative playscapes of desert islands, shipwrecks, and giant robots.
Another example is the ’tilted train’ at Tiong Bahru Park in Singapore. Stripped down to essentials, its components are rather standard playground ‘boxes’ with slides and climbing ramps extending from them, and the train is of course almost a playground cliche. But wrecking the train makes for an exciting play narrative and a more physically challenging play experience! Tilted surfaces are a fabulous technique for adding challenge and interest to any playground design…another way in which playgrounds-should-not-be-flat.
I love that this playground also includes a zipline/flying fox that runs between two low hills, and a simple maze, and that they retained a vintage merry-go-round, and that the whole thing is set in SAND, not plastic safety surfacing! Hooray, Singapore! They’re doing some great playground work there; I’ll be featuring more shortly.
[I didn't find details on the date or designer of the tilted train...if you know please share! Images by daddy blogger/photographer Isaiah Kuan.]