BLAZING BATTLE OF THE DRAGON 

WHERE: 
Dubai Hills Park, Dubai

COLLABORATION: 
Insite Landscape Architects

COSTUMER: 
City of Dubai

 

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Dubai Hills Park is the biggest park in the city of Dubai, spanning across an impressive 180,000 square metres, and is a lush green oasis at the heart of Dubai Hills Estate. Constructed as the longest park in any residential community, it is known for its natural beauty with 1,800 trees and palms planted.

To match the scale and ambitions of the park, MONSTRUM was assigned the task of creating a dramatic and adventurous playground. We decided to  create a battle scene of a big dragon, which must be one of the most dramatic creatures of them all!

The dragon is an iconic animal we all know from old fairytales to modern day culture, that symbolises power, strength and untamed nature. The idea was to center the playground around the creature while it spreads its impressive wingspan. It is attacking a big medieval tower on an island, burning it with its flaming breath that forms a slide for the kids to burst out of. It sets fire to the trunks across from it, that has turned them red and brown as they burn. 

 

MONSTRUM playgrounds dragon dubai hills park play

The dragon is designed to create play for kids of all ages. the small ones can climb its tail, while the bigger ones can challenge themselves and climb up its back and wings. 

MONSTRUM playgrounds the battle of the fire dragon dubai hills park

The leaves next to the dragon is placed on springs so the kids can balance and jump on them. 

CRAWL INSIDE ITS BELLY

Suspension bridge from the tower to the little island MONSTRUM playgrounds dragon dubai hills park

RUN FOR YOU LIFE OR FACE THE DRAGON?

The tower set on fire across form the dragon MONSTRUM playgrounds Blazing Battle of the Dragon Dubai Hills Park

The kids can challenge their balance on the suspension bridge or they can take the alternative route to the tower by climbing the robes on the trunks.

MONSTRUM playgrounds hammock at battle of the fire dragon dubai hills park

The kids can have a cosy hangout time in the hammock under the right wing of the dragon.

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MONSTRUM playgrounds dragon dubai hills park

SNEAK UP ON ITS BACK

MONSTRUM playgrounds dragon dubai hills park play

The kids can crawl inside the head of the dragon and slide out of its mouth. 

Grass to climb in MONSTRUM playgrounds dragon dubai hills park

The trunks form a maze for the kids to play fetch or crawl across. 

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