By using only safety surfacing and equipment in a naturalized garden space, Stoss Landscape Urbanism designed a springy playscape that also comments on our obsession with playground safety (gotta watch those trees).Image courtesy of Stoss Landscape Urbanism.
In the work of Danish firm Monstrum (translation: monster), slightly surreal "storyscapes" of shipwrecks, beasties, and tilted houses provide a sense of thrill and danger that kids crave but playgrounds usually lack.Image courtesy of Monstrum.
A playscape doesn’t have to be a separate plot of ground. Julian de Smet Architects turned the roof of a boat storage facility into a skating and sliding landscape for play.Image courtesy of JDS Archtects.
The idea of the natural playscape—creative combinations of rocks and stumps, sand and water—is a huge trend in playground design at the moment. When applied carefully these can reduce construction costs, and the ideas are equally accessible (though on a smaller scale than this massive tree trunk!) for at-home family play.Image courtesy of space2place Landscape Architects.
The giant seesaws at Tilla Durieux Park in Berlin work beautifully as both sculpture and play equipment, not to mention science lesson. Integrating play into public art helps bring it out of the defined space of the playground and into the city itself, for children and grown-ups alike.Image by A.J. Torri.
A natural addition to the idea of pop-up stores, parks, and restaurants is the pop-up playscape. It lets kids do what they love: make their own spaces for play!Image via popupadventureplay.org.