This project has been carried out on behalf of Varberg municipality as part of urban development and densification in the area. The assignment consisted of producing an concept sketch for a district playground and then reworking the sketch into a design proposal and eventually construction documents.
The proposal was developed in close collaboration with the municipality and was based on the nature of the site and the municipality’s guidelines for playgrounds.
The site consisted of a large open grass area with some windswept trees situated between a residential area and a small recreational forest. On a hot late summer day, it almost gave the impression of a savannah with the swaying yellowing grass. This is how the concept was born …
The savannah playground – The site’s already existing feeling of savannah was enhanced by plantings of grass and perennials in a yellow-orange color scheme. Wooden piles have been painted with stencils of animal patterns; zebra, giraffe and leopard. In the middle of the playground we find the king of the savannah, a play construction in the shape of a large elephant with a trunk in form of a slide. Its two little baby elephants close by.
Here you can ride a crocodile, tiptoe on steppingstones through the tall grasses and ride the ropeway between two giraffes. In the village with the small playhouses and barbecue hut you can gather in a group and have a seat on the benches inside the hut or outside in the circle of wooden blocks.
An existent boules court has been retained and given a new shape and surroundings.
To improve the site’s biodiversity, the existing forest edge has been extended to create even more edge zone environments and sand blots has been created for sand bees etc.