The Haye Playground, Mortar&Pestle Design, Southwark London, 2010

“After consulting with local residents, together we decided that a traditional play set, swing and slide was a little bit boring and unoriginal and instead built these abstract hills made of concrete and grass, where the children could run, jump and play. Local residents really liked this idea and unofficially called the park ‘Teletubby Land’.”

“The Haye” as the park is known, is in Southwark, London. The playground was designed and built by Richard Knowles, of Mortar&Pestle Studio, May Safwat and Diego Ulrich and of course the many local residents of the park.

An inspiring (and historically relevant…more on that later) design by a young studio from whom I’d like to see many more playgrounds!

5 Responses to “The Haye Playground, Mortar&Pestle Design, Southwark London, 2010”

  1. Grant said:

    Thank you for a great resource, so many memories come from play grounds, good and bad!


    December 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm

  2. Lourdes said:

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    December 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm

  3. Lourdes said:

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    December 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm

  4. Gwilym Williams said:

    I think this is a step in the right direction. In this day and age it's not easy for children to find a place to play ín a natural environment. A natural environment allows the imagination a free rein.
    When I think back to my childhood we had very few playgrounds, if any at all, but we had nature in abundance.
    The towns and cities were smaller and there were many places you could go to to play; an area of woodland, a remote beach, a disused building, an old quarry etc., and you could play in these places without fear of being run over when crossing the road , of molestation by some pervert cruising by in his car.
    We have lost much. And I feel very sad that money and an eight-lane highway is more important than anything.

    December 03, 2010 at 4:57 pm

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