DREAMING OF A MONSTRUM PLAYGROUND?  

If you are curious about how we work or want your very own MONSTRUM playground, you can read more about our approach and the process here. 

OUR PHILOSOPHY

FOCUS ON ARTISTIC QUALITY

Based on visual arts and design, MONSTRUM create playgrounds that are not only full of physical challenges but that inspire kids to play by providing an adventurous scene, where there is space for the imagination. The designs of MONSTRUM’s playgrounds are based on stories. The playgrounds must first and foremost inspire children to play and challenge their motor skills as well as their imagination. But MONSTRUM’s distinctive creations are more than just playgrounds. They are sculptures in the urban landscape, telling stories and bringing a smile to peoples’ faces. They become landmarks in their surroundings, causing both children and adults to talk about “meeting by the giant jellyfish.” Why play on a climbing frame if you can play in a space rocket, a submarine, a giant snail’s house, a clown’s head, or a Trojan horse?

MONSTRUM playground tulsa river giants gathering place

GATHERING PLACES  FOR KIDS AND ADULTS ALIKE

MONSTRUM has a dedicated team of architects, designers, and craftsmen with a passion for bringing inspiring play value to kids. There are just as many adults as kids on a playground and our playgrounds engage teen siblings, parents, and passers-by. The scenography of the playgrounds becomes a social platform, where all ages are entertained. We believe that great gathering places in cities - like playgrounds - can connect people across communities.

MONSTRUM playground eagle dokk1

INSPIRING KIDS TO MOVE

A good playground should inspire kids to move. The swing and the climbing frame are classic playground elements, where you can feel a sense of joy and a tickle in your stomach just from looking at it. But what makes a playground great is when kids are not able to figure it out at first glance. They have to explore it. When they are running or climbing through the playground, there is no one correct way of navigating. They have to consider various options and paths, assessing their motor skills and safety. This creates continuous movement and a lot of fun. A playground can be an essential part of childhood, inspiring 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 important, it is time spent away from screens getting your pulse up.

A playground’s appearance in the urban landscape has become a valued part of city planning today. We would also like it to become 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.”

INSPIRING KIDS TO MOVE MONSTRUM playground boat
Timeline
Timeline

1. FIRST INQUIRY  

Good communication is an important factor in achieving the best design and end result. From the first enquiry, every project will be managed by one of our architects, ensuring that all ambitions for the project are met and to accommodate the best process possible. The following questions will be taken into consideration at the beginning of the project:

  • What are the main ambitions?
  • What story should be told at the playground?
  • Is there a timeframe for the project?
  • How do we ensure play value?
  • Who is the playground for?
  • What is the target age group?
  • Are there any specific requests for swings, slides, heights, colors, process etc.?
  • How big is the area?
  • What is the budget?

2. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

BRAINSTORMING

Brainstorming is the first step in developing a concept and theme for the playground. In this part of the process it is important to see possibilities instead of obstacles to ensure the best and most creative solution. The brainstorm will be based on the information, thoughts and ideas acquired from the customer. These ideas will be converted to sketches and finally, one concept is selected for further sketching.

CONCEPTUAL & VISUAL SKETCHING

The next step is to expand the selected concept and be more specific in the design. The visual appearance will be further developed and play features and routes will be added. In this phase, the design will be sketched in 3D. We deliver a presentation of the playground that will then be adapted in collaboration with the customer. 

DETAILING

Details will be adjusted and added. The safety of the design is examined and elements like colours, proportions and play value will be discussed and, if necessary, corrected in collaboration with the customer.

MONSTRUM playground design sketch

3. PLANNING
& PRODUCTION

After the approval of the design, the elements are made producible by our technical designers. This also includes planning of the foundations.

At MONSTRUM, the whole process – from design to construction and final painting – is executed under one roof at our office and workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark. This simplifies communication, limits mistakes, and makes it easy to correct, modify or add details to the design during construction.

The production time may vary depending on the size of the project and production capacity but will be maximum 4 months from the date of order.

Before the playground leaves the workshop, it will be certified according to the appropriate safety standards EN 1176/77 or ASTM depending on the target market.

MONSTRUM wild boar vildsvin playground

4. SHIPPING & INSTALLATION

All playground elements are designed and built to fit the relevant means of transportation - either by truck, open flatbed, or shipping containers. Very large elements will be shipped in parts and reassembled on-site.

To ensure a smooth shipping process, we work with BlueWater Shipping – a global provider of all logistics services in modern supply chain management. BlueWater is an organization of professionals, skilled in providing complete and tailor-made solutions for any shipping requirement anywhere in the world.

We also offer supervision of the installation. The supervisors are hands-on in the process and will collaborate with local contractors. The preparations prior to and during installation will be planned and further details will be decided on in collaboration with the customer.

MONSTRUM playground whale shipping transportation process

SUSTAINABILITY

The core of MONSTRUM’s sustainability policy is producing long-lasting playgrounds in wood. Wood is a warm, natural material to the touch and is a renewable natural resource. We want to make playgrounds for the next generation while taking care of the environment.

We value running an environmentally friendly and sustainable operation & production and we are conscious of this throughout our entire supply chain. All MONSTRUM playgrounds are produced at our workshop in Denmark, where our team carefully selects the materials used. We select only high quality, fit-for-purpose materials, ensuring that all relevant safety standards are met and that environmental factors are taken into consideration.

 

Cladding:
Siberian Larch, FSC certified

Main structure: 
Superwood timber, Duraply plywood and steel

Platforms: 
Cumaru, Robinia or Superwood

Soil contact: 
Robinia or steel

Painting: 
Flügger Wood Tex

Steel: 
Steel exposed on the playground is either galvanized or stainless steel.


At MONSTRUM, our playground equipment is made of sustainable timber: FSC-certified Siberian Larch, FSC-certified Okoume plywood and Robinia from sustainable forestry operations in Europe. Wood with permanent ground contact is made of Robinia heartwood, which is characterized by being able to last between 25 and 40 years in contact with the ground without impregnation. We also use galvanized and stainless steel.

Painting of the playground equipment is always performed with water-based wood protection - ‘Flügger Wood Tex’.

MONSTRUM sustainability wood materials

5 YEARS OF WARRANTY

All of our playgrounds have a warranty of 5 years, meaning defect parts due to manufacturing or material defects will be replaced or repaired free of charge within 5 years of delivery.

Wood is a natural material meaning that some cracks or splits due to weather and season changes must be expected and these do not affect the structural integrity. This condition will not be covered by the warranty.

The warranty does not cover in cases where the product has not been maintained according to our maintenance manual. Defects or damage that result from improper use, storage, misuse or abuse, wear, tear or vandalism are excluded from coverage.

Plants vs zombies, Warranty

TAKING CARE AND ENSURING SAFETY

All our playgrounds meet the requirements specified in EN 1176/77 or ASTM (the European and American safety standards for playgrounds).

MONSTRUM have thorough knowledge of the regulations and the usual interpretations. To keep focus on safety from the initial ideas to the completed installed playground, several of our designers and builders are qualified Playground Inspectors.

To ensure a high level of safety, we collaborate with Nordic Playground Institute, who are Europe’s leading institute for playground safety and risk assessment. All playgrounds are certified according to EN1176 or ASTM before they leave MONSTRUM.

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MAINTENANCE AND LONG LASTING PLAY

After installation of the playground, MONSTRUM will provide a maintenance manual based on the safety standards including security checkpoints, materials used and colour codes. The playgrounds are made of simple materials and are easy to maintain by local craftsmen. All wood used has a natural strength and resistance to weather effects and requires a minimum of maintenance. If the playground is re-painted after 10 years, it will look like new again.

MONSTRUM gorky park playground