THE HISTORICAL  PLAYGROUND

WHERE: 
Viborg, Denmark

COLLABORATION: 
Eric Brand Dam Architects

CUSTOMER: 
Hald Manor

 

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In the woods outside of Viborg lies an area of land, in which important episodes of the history of Denmark has unfolded. It contains five stages of the Hald Manor of which one date back to the 12th century. The site has now undergone a big renovation, telling the story of the place and its significance in history. The architect firm Erik Brandt Dam Architects was assigned the task of designing this ambitious project with a focus on nature and modern architecture. MONSTRUM was asked to contribute with a playground to physically engage the kids, making the museum relatable for kids while still maintaining the artistic focus. 

On the surface, the playground is designed in a medieval theme with classic and recognizable elements such as a big tower, a catapult and a giant wild boar. It has a dangerous vibe with a reference to battles and wild animals we no longer see in the nature of Denmark. Here the kids can play the victorious knight, storming the tower and using the catapult. 

But the playground also has direct references to the five different sites and eras of the Hald Manor. And as much of the history is hard to spot in the faint ruins, it has come alive on the playground for the kids to explore and the adults to get inspired by.

MONSTRUM playground The wild boar vildsviner

The wild boar is almost 5 meters tall and is a fascinating structure to climb on and venture inside. 

MONSTRUM playground The wild boar
MONSTRUM playground The historic playground 5 halder
MONSTRUM playground The 5 halls halder

CRAWL INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE BEAST

MONSTRUM playground The wild boar

The insides are designed with as much care as the outside, making the experience of exploring it even more fascinating. 

MONSTRUM playground The wild boar

The inside of the wild boar is designed with playfeatures such as the climbing robe for the kids to balance and lie on. 

MONSTRUM playground The wild boar

The wild boar is big enough for adults to explore it as well. 

MONSTRUM playground De 5 falder

The catapult adds a dramatic effect to the playground. Instead of it being a weapon to fire, we put a swing on the end instead. 

MONSTRUM playground De 5 falder

THE STORY OF THE FIVE HALDS

MONSTRUM playground De 5 falder

The project is designed in a simple style with focus on nature. 

MONSTRUM playground De 5 falder

The wolf is standing along the path leading to the playground. All the way through the forest there are small hints of the stores for the kids to explore on their way.

MONSTRUM playground De 5 falder

The objects are designed in a naïve style, to make the overall expression playful and charming.  

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