The Spider and the Wooden Huts

Copenhagen, Denmark

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The spider is designed as a giant mechanical spider being caught in its own web. The head is the control cabin with two joystick controllers to handle all the legs.

Rope has been stretched between some of the legs to allow you to climb into the body. The spider can also be accessed via the climbing knobs on the legs. The spider has been built in such a way that the children can climb all over it. The playground offers space for testing great climbing tricks and skills, flying down the ropeway or the slide, while at same time there are corners and rooms where you can hide from the others or simply spend a little time alone.


The concept for this playground was created in cooperation by children of the area, Witraz architects and MONSTRUM. Based on ideas from a group of children from seven to 14 years MONSTRUM designed an adventure playground with a giant spider, three wooden huts, and a large spider web between them. In order to appeal to the target group of older children, the playground was made complex for smaller children. It is difficult to reach the huts, and it is even more difficult to climb the legs of the spider. Only the biggest and best climbers can manage this part.

The wooden huts are placed in artificial trees made by larch wood boards on a steel beam core. The huts are made in larch wood and cast plywood. A banister slide curves from the round hut towards the ground. The spider web measures approximately four × seven meters. The lowest point of the web is approximately one meter above the ground, and the highest point is two meters above ground. A balance rope to hold on to when walking across has been stretched out above the web. All rope used is 18 mm typhoon rope with steel plies.

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