Adventure playground, Oslo, Norway, 2011
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Grønmo near Oslo had been for 40 years an active landfill but now this function is not present any more (except for some recycling facilities), so a new exciting role had to be proposed for the area. The challenge was to come up with a concept for the reuse of that landfill, that would create a place for education, recreation and social interaction in the multi-ethnic frame that characterizes the suburbs of Oslo. That concept would have to be adaptable in a way that it could become an example for the development of similar abandoned wastelands or industrial sites in proximity of big cities. Our proposal is to create a junk/adventure playground in one part of the area and then extend its ideas and character to other parts of the park meant for the adult community. In an adventure playground anything can be used as playable material, old timber, old furniture, old cloths and any other possible recycled or second hand objects. So recycling is a crucial element of an adventure playground, together with ecological awareness, gardening and composting. read more
The notion of free play allows for diverse groups of children to meet and play, facilitating integration
between children of different economic and ethnic backgrounds and making uniquely diverse social
spaces. This, coupled with a collective form of architecture and design constructed around notions of
play and social interaction set within an ecologically sensitive environment makes the adventure
playground a model for a totally radical and extremely valuable form of public space.
That is why we believe that the idea of free play and collective creativity can be extended beyond a children’s playground to teenagers and adults, creating a place were people of different ages and backgrounds can feel free, creative and relaxed and the same time learn about recycling and composting. An area were the equipment and facilities present are also invented and/or created by the future users and have no fixed destination, allowing maximum flexibility.
To make possible that the activities of the park can also be conducted during the winter months, geodesic domes have been designed, that will provide the necessary shelter. The geodesic dome was chosen for its high sustainability and great flexibility. It is in fact light, easy to assemble and disassemble if necessary (in case of program changes over the years), easy to heat thanks to the fact that it is transparent and it has a minimal constructive impact on the ground.
Status: Europan Competition
Site: Oslo, Norway
Program: Creation of a challenging recreational area on a disused disposal site
Key Team Members: Marco de Piaggi, Weronika Wawrzyniak, Federico Caputo