Beatrixpark playground, or when a children’s equipment is used to revitalize an area
Beatrixpark is one of Amsterdam’s oldest modern city Parks. Now, Carve Landscape Architecture has been the author of this incredible playground.
The oldest part of the park designed by Jacoba (Ko) Mulder was built in 1938 and is characteristic of the transition from the romantic design style of the 19th century to the more functionalist style of the post-WWII era.
With the redevelopment of the Beatrixpark, Carve Landscape Architecture has been the author of this incredible playground. Carve was asked to create a new playground design for the (single-function) existing basketball court. In addition to an existing playground for children aged 0-6, this meant to be the second major play facility in the park. Looking for a sculptural form that is attractive for all age groups and at the same time serves as a meeting place (for parents), Carve designed an organically shaped sculpture that incorporates various play functions.
By arranging the requested functions in one binding object, the space around it is divided into three and thus redefines the environment. Inside the sculpture children can climb, slide and hang. Because these play functions are partially hidden, children experience this often as exciting. On the outside of the playscape is a mirrored wall on which the green of the environment is reflected. Whilst playing or approaching the mirror wall, children and passersby are extremely distorted, which provokes immediate reactions. On one of the outer sides of the object a trampoline is sunk in the ground. On another side, a goal has been painted on the wall, thus extending the area as a playing field.
The object is slightly hidden between the trees, but its shape is open on both sides. The bright lilac coating makes it visible from the southern cycle path.