FOCUS ON ARTISTIC QUALITY
Based on visual arts and design, MONSTRUM makes playgrounds that are not only filled with physical challenges but inspire kids to play by being an adventurous scene where there is space for imagination. The design of MONSTRUMS playgrounds are based on stories. The playgrounds must first of all inspire children to play and challenge their motor skills as well as their magination. But MONSTRUMs easily recognizable playgrounds are more than just playgrounds. They are sculptures in the urban landscape, telling stories and making people smile just by looking at them. They become landmarks of their surroundings, making both children and adults talk about “meeting by the parrot.” Why play on a climbing frame if you can play in a space rocket, a submarine, a giant snail house, a clown head or a Trojan horse?
GATHERING PLACES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS ALIKE
MONSTRUM has a dedicated team of architects with a passion of bringing inspiring play value to kids, but also experiences to teens, to parents and to bypassers. There are just as many adults as kids on a playground. The scenography of our playgrounds becomes a social platform where all ages are entertained. We believe that great gathering places in the cities, like playgrounds, can connect people across the community.
INSPIRING KIDS TO MOVE
A good playground should inspire kids to move. The swing and the rope way are classical playground elements where you can feel the joy and the tickle in your stomach just by looking at it. But what makes a playground great is that kids are not able to figure it out just by looking at it. They have to explore it. When they are running or climb-ing through the playground there is not only one right way. They have to consider a lot of options and paths, assess-ing their motor skills and safety. This creates continuous movement and a lot of fun. A playground can be an essential part of a childhood, in-spiring and reflecting the challenges of the physical world. It is a place where you meet new friends and develop your ability to socialize with other kids. And equally impor-tant, it is time spend away from the computer getting your pulse up. The playground appearance in the urban landscape has become a valued part of city planning today. We would also like it to be an icon and a social meeting place in the community. The playground should be a magnet that attracts kids and adults walking by: Wow! I want to spend time there with my child.