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?
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.
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, causing them to think: “Wow! I want to spend time there with my child.”