Inspired Playgrounds

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This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings & sister site! Below you will see thematic selections of inspirational architecture & design, which might help you start your very own design project and get matched with design professionals.

When most of today’s adults were children, architects & designers included, playgrounds were asphalt areas with basic motor play equipment of doubtful security. Sandpits, swings, and slides were all on the menu and that was fair enough for a while. However, it has been clear for quite some time now design could be a part of a child’s education and often a provocatively designed ’empty’ space of inherent dynamics could end up being more stimulating to children than a trivial space filled up with all the toys and playground equipment in the world. More provocatively designed playgrounds HERE.

Studio Weave: The Longest Bench

image: Studio Weave

ANNABAU: Sculptural Playground Schulberg

image: ANNABAU

Johan Ferner Ström: Puckelball

image: David Serinya

David Garcia Studio: Drejens Playground

image: David Garcia Studio

Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam: Playground Crochet

image: Abel Erazo

MLRP: Mirror House

image: Laura Stamer

MAD: Monster’s Footprint

image: MAD

More projects after the break.

NL Architects: WOS 8

image: NL Architects

Superblue: Furzefield Community Space

image: Superbue

Urban Art Projects / Fiona Foley: Redfern Park

image: John Gollings


Antonina is an architect who has recently joined the OpenBuildings team to take over Community Outreach. Believes in interdisciplinary approach to architecture and everything else, fascinated by Japanese and Dutch design, typography and all things inspired.
OpenBuildings is a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of contemporary and conceptual architecture from around the world that exists as a website and application for iPhone, and recently - Android, which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.