From the Landscape Architects. Australia has a new National Arboretum. Located in Canberra, this important cultural facility is host to 100 forests of rare and endangered trees from around the world. High on the hill sits the pod playground.
The opportunity to design a play space as part of the 100 forests facility offered an opportunity to creatively engage children with the beauty of trees and we hope, foster a life-long connection to this remarkable environment.
Using the idea of seeds as the beginning life amongst the forest, children and their families can enter a fantasy world of exaggerated scales. A play space with giant acorns floating in the sky, and enormous banksia cones nestled on the forest floor.
The design recognizes that play is a vital social development and educational tool for children of all ages, and is particularly important when it assists in forming relationships to its landscape, climate and surrounding context. The world amongst the giant seeds aims to stimulate spontaneity and creativity, to foster the imagination and to challenge and encourage confidence with growth.
Arterial Design was commissioned by Taylor Cullity Lethlean, the project landscape designers to conceive and detail play and interpretive elements for a forest focused children's play scape. Primarily imagined as an adventurous natural environment catering to a wide age group, the emphasis was to be on having fun while discovering and exploring themes around forest life. Interactive experiences were designed to encourage free spirited investigation involving both physical challenge and creative observation. Children are encouraged to use sound, smell, sight and touch to uncover forest secrets.
The project has received the 2013 AILA Victoria Design Award.
Images courtesy of Taylor Cullity Lethlean. Illustrations courtesy of Arterial. Photography by Brett Boardman.
Follow Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek.
There is currently no public transportation available.