Takino Suzuran Hillside Government Park Kodomo no Tani Playground
|Location||Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan|
|Client||Hokkaido Development Agency|
|Scope of Works||Research, Schematic Design, Detail Design
|Collaboration||Toshiko Macadam (Textile Structures)|
Nature Play ground
The aim of this project was to create a place where children can play freely in the natural environment. The idea of the Nature Playground was fundamental. Children today have less experience with the wild environment, and would feel helpless to play in the forest with no previous experience. To adjust them to play in the forest gradually, we have prepared five stages. This area was planned a first stage playground. The space was designed to release children from their everyday life chores, and awaken their senses before entering the forest.
Wonders of the nests of the living things
The basic theme for the playground was nests. Images were inspired from the nests of various living things. They were developed to provoke adventure and creativity, and in super sizes so children can run around feeling as if they have become one of the small living things. Most of the facilities are covered with green and soil to unify with the surroundings. The forms include a tower of ant hives, an ant hive tunnel, the dome of a rainbow nest of mid-air birds, and fluffy eggs.
Co-operation with the fabric artist, creating free forms
The net play tool of the rainbow nest dome was made in collaboration with fabric artist, Toshiko Macadam. Children have the opportunity to experience an artistic environment. Organic forms of ant hives were measured by computer from the model and drawn by using the data measured, then constructed by using the truss wall construction method.