THE HISTORICAL PLAYGROUND
Eric Brand Dam Architects
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.
The wild boar is almost 5 meters tall and is a fascinating structure to climb on and venture inside.
CRAWL INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
The insides are designed with as much care as the outside, making the experience of exploring it even more fascinating.
The inside of the wild boar is designed with playfeatures such as the climbing robe for the kids to balance and lie on.
The wild boar is big enough for adults to explore it as well.
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.
THE STORY OF THE FIVE HALDS
The project is designed in a simple style with focus on nature.
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.
The objects are designed in a naïve style, to make the overall expression playful and charming.