THE GLOBE

WHERE: 
Aarhus, Denmark 2015

COLLABORATION:
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

CUSTOMER: 
Aarhus city

 

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‘The Globe’ is situated outside the cultural center and the main library by the harbour of Aarhus. The project was created in collaboration with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects as part of an urbanisation of the waterfront.

On the 14.400 sqm large deck, we designed a narrative playground as a counterpart to the many stories inside the library. In addition, the ambition was to create a design to match the architectural expression of the building. 

Cover photo and photo of DOKK1 building below by Adam Mørk.

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe american eagle

The ropes under the wings can be climbed and balanced on, so the kids can imagine themselves flying alongside the eagle. 

DOKK1 MONSTRUM playgrounds photo by Adam Mørk

REACH THE  HIGHEST PEAK

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe vulcano

The shape of the volcano is interpreted in an abstract and geometrical form. The bright and intense orange color expresses heat and activity and is a key element in communicating the story of the volcano.

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe vulcano photo by Adam Mørk

The orange line segments make an intense contrast to the calm grey and the sharp lines of the form. Photo by Adam Mørk.

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe vulcano inside rope climb

The volcano is hollow and painted bright red on the inside. Here the kids can climb the rope that is suspended across the walls. 

MONSTRUM the globe dokk1 sketch drawing view oversigt

A PLAYGROUND THAT TAKES YOU ALL AROUND THE WORLD

'DOKK1' is home to the main library - a symbol of the culture, history, and knowledge of our globe. We based the design of the playgrounds on this theme, by creating five playgrounds - each representing a specific compass direction with details telling small stories about the wildlife, animals, landscape, geology, and culture from each of the specific areas. 

Each play area provides different opportunities and spaces to play, aiming to inspire and evoke childrens' and adults' curiosity and bringing the stories from the library to life.

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe russian bear

WRESTLE WITH THE GIANT RUSSIAN BEAR

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe russian bear

The Russian bear is 7,5 meter tall holding a hollow trunk for the kids to slide down through. On the inside of the bear there are small Russian paintings.

MONSTRUM the globe dokk1 sketch compass

SAY HELLO TO THE KING OF THE JUNGLE

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe icy north springs

Teens find the playground area to be a cosy hangout space at night. 

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe swing jungle

The nest swing is a relaxing experience for both kids and adults.

SLIDE ON THE BACK OF THE CHINESE DRAGON

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe chinese dragon

The dragon has a slide and steps on its back which is designed to fit the smaller children. 

BALANCE ON THE WOBBLY FLOES

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe icy north springs

To the North you will find ice flows on springs to balance and jump on. 

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe icy north springs

THE PRODUCTION OF THE GLOBE

Watch the setup of the playgrounds for DOKK1.

MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe american eagle production
MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe american eagle production
MONSTRUM dokk1 playground the globe chinese dragon
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