THE RAILWAY MUSEUM
Odense, Denmark - 2017
The Danish Railway Museum
The Railway Museum wanted their new play area to be a part of their exhibition. The task was to create an exciting playground with enough detail to evoke children's curiosity to learn more about trains. This is a passage from their website:
"The E engine is a huge steam engine built in wood. Children can climb into the fifteen-meter-long engine which has an instrument panel, firebox, combustion chamber, and ash pan. Through play, children get a sense of how a steam engine is put together. Our young visitors can also climb up the 8-meter-tall water tower next to it and experience the whoosh when they slide down."
The objective is to make the children hungry for more knowledge while they play. At the same time, the parents get the chance to take a closer look at the museum. Inside the exhibition, you will find the real E 994 steam engine and there is also a functioning supply plant with a water crane.
The tower of the playground has two big slides and is over 6 meters tall.
The train is designed like a real train with many intricate details on both the outside and inside.
A LOCOMOTIVE YOU'RE ALLOWED TO PLAY ON
DISCOVER THE SURPRISES ON THE INSIDE
Paintings are added to the wooden structures to complement the storytelling.
The locomotive driver's jacket is hung by the control panel.
The tower is designed with a spiral staircase on the inside to reach the two tube slides.
At the top of the tower, the wooden walls are designed with wide gaps for the children to peek through.
The seating area is designed as a platform with suitcases and transport boxes. The carriages can be used for seating and the big boxes are meant to be tables. Small texts are milled into the tables and on the train explaining the train, facts and historical highlights.
Some of them are designed to fit specific functions such as a rubbish bin.