THE HUMPBACK
WHALE

WHERE: 
Emeryville, San Francisco, California. USA - 2018

COLLABORATION:
Hart Hoverton

CUSTOMER: 
Hart Hoverton

 

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The town of Emeryville is situated by the San Francisco Bay, close to the city of San Francisco. The humpback whales have a special connection to the locals as they often venture into the San Fransisco Bay and are sighted jumping up the water and sprouting high in the air. It was an obvious choice to use the humpback whale as inspiration for a MONSTRUM playground. 

The 15 m long humpback whale offers many exciting play features. The whale is climbable on both sides, and the tail is likewise designed with handles to climb across. The whale can be entered through several entrances, of which the mouth is a fascinating option. With its baleen made out of rope, it can be a tricky and mysterious experience. Furthermore the pink insides of the whale will give the feeling of being swallowed by the whale. In here you can crawl deeper inside and experience the beautiful light, the wooden planks create – or climb up the top of the whale and enjoy the tickle in the belly while taking the ride down the slide.

The playground is certified according to American Standards and is also easy accessible for disabled kids.

Monstrum playground humpback whale design

The insides of the whale is fascinating to explore with its pink insides. The design of the wooden boards and the skeleton-shaped frames enhances the experience of being swallowed by a whale. 

Monstrum playground humpback whale design

The whale can be entered through its mouth. Rope is hanging from its upper mouth to simulate the humpback whale's baleen. 

Monstrum playground humpback whale design

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Monstrum playground humpback whale design

The trunks are climbable and are connected by robe for the kids to balance on.

Monstrum playground humpback whale design

Surfboards on springs are placed next to the whale, so the kids can ride the waves together. 

Monstrum playground humpback whale design

The impact material is designed with small hills to give the effect of waves in the sea and to add a dynamic effect when moving across the playground. 

Monstrum playground humpback whale design sketch
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