I think Cyndi Lauper said it best when she sang, “Kids just wanna have fun…” or was it “Girls“? WHATEVER it was I think we can agree that both boys AND girls will have fun on this new creation by ANNABAU in Wiesbaden , Gemany.
The retrofitting of the “Schulberg” in Wiesbaden, Germany creates a new extraordinary public space. The playgrounds outstanding architectural design, overlooking the city center of Wiesbaden, is attracting people of all ages and ethnical backgrounds to meet and communicate through the action of play.
The heart of the new public space is constituted by an artistically and ambitiously shaped playground consisting of a large spatial structure. Because of its exceptional and sculptural design the new playground is on one hand highlighting the urbanistic im- portance of the site overlooking historic Wiesbaden and on the other hand offering an attractive and complex range of gaming activities.
Three main elements define the playground: The main element is a spatial sculpture consisting of two green steel pipes winding and floating in between inven- tory trees, levelling in distance and height. In between this structure, a tensed climbing net is creating a loop – a continuous sequence of gaming activities for children and teens. The pentagonal shape of the structure is inspired by the historic shape of the city of Wiesbaden, while the up and downs of the pipes are referring to urban situations on site, generating entrance situations or overlooking points.
Further stopovers in the parcour are i.e. bouncing membranes, a tunnel, a nest swing, a sliding membrane and a steep climbing wall. The bright attracting green color of the sculpture is corresponding with the trees on site and the adjacent redish brick buildings.
The second element of the playground is constituted by a modeled topography being enclosed by the climbing sculpture. Small hills and rings, made from green soft rubber granulate, surrounded by sand, frame inventory trees and offer playing facilities for younger children – or alternatively provide meeting or resting spaces for teens and parents.
A third element of the design is a boulevard constituted by a wide pathway around the playground providing benches for parents and the elderly who come to watch their children play or enjoy the stunning outlook over Wiesbaden. An anthracite, elegantly rounded curb follows the pentagonal shape of the playground and separates the playground from this boulevard.
All I know is that MY 5 year old would have a BLAST here. I would have to drag him away and promise him gummy worms and french fries for dinner JUST to calm him down.