POD Playground

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POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean

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Design By
Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Team
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
Taylor Cullity Lethlean
ARTIST
Arterial
Client
ACT Government
Completed Year
2013
Area
3050 m2
Budget
$1.7 million
Public
Yes
City
Canberra
Country
Australia

The POD Playground designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean was comissioned as part of a larger project to design the National Arboretum Canberra.

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.

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POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
POD Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Concept Illustrations by Arterial Design for the Pod Playground designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean at the Canberra National Arboretum, Australia
Concept Illustrations by Arterial Design for the Pod Playground designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean at the Canberra National Arboretum, Australia
Concept Illustrations by Arterial Design for the Pod Playground designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean at the Canberra National Arboretum, Australia
Concept Illustrations by Arterial Design for the Pod Playground designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean at the Canberra National Arboretum, Australia

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Location

Venue
National Arboretum Canberra
Address
Forest Drive
City
Canberra
Country
Australia
Longitude
149.07
Latitude
-35.29

Get There

The National Arboretum is located at the western end of Lake Burley Griffin, just six kilometres from the center of Canberra.
Follow Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek.
There is currently no public transportation available.

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