Play_Land, 50% building, 50% playground
Play_Land is a concrete building that turns into a concrete playground. A youth centre with skate park and playground in Oberhausen, Germany. A great mixture.
As young people spend their leisure time on skateboards, bikes and skates, it regularly leads to conflicts with the local residents. By a building, that disappears under a green, terraced hill, it is possible to create a separate place for the young people, which does not exclude them as roughnecks or expect a suitable behaviour.
The “open” side of the building is determined by simple concrete walls and glass façades protected by vandalism-proof wood cladding. The outdoor facilities playfully continue the theme of the concrete walls and offer own playing areas to small and larger children. Play_Land also works without a user as a country-style, which determines the open space sculptural.
The important design components are security, accessibility, usability, the promotion of senses. As the youth center with its landscape playgrounds is located on the edge of the district and bordering on one side to water, the robustness of the facility and the safety play an important role.
The assortment of games are designed according to the user groups, integrated into an overall spatial and design concept; nevertheless, the rooms are not separated, the entire building is open for use and a meeting point for children, young people and families. Particularly is the fact that the spaces and roadways are accessible and comfortably designed (site concrete paths) and all the play elements are to access.
Text and images from wbp Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH website.