Play is about finding ones place in the world and making sense of that world. We have created a plan that seeks to juxtapose two different worlds. The man made and the natural. The plan has an urban exterior and a wild natural interior, each space contains a different type of play.?The formal exterior is a place for sports and structured ordered games, while inside the wild interior children are encouraged and free to construct and destruct their own play spaces using natural materials. A boundary “ribbon” between the two worlds wraps and protects the interior, while adapting towards the exterior to allow games and integrate traditional playground elements
Grevelingenveld known locally as Deltaplantsoen is a neighbourhood square in Rivierenbuurt, The Hague. The design of the 8.100m2 space links carefully with the development of a new neighbourhood school which faces onto the square. The playground concept brings three different types of play together into one ensemble; the interior is a wild natural playscape, the exterior an urban sports court, and the threshold between the two known as “the ribbon” is a playful architectural element containing all the traditional playground equipment. This diversity of playing types arranged as an open ended playscape, creates a rich and dynamic world that offers children endless possibilities for play and to reinterpret and reimagine the space. In contrast to the many mono-functional playgrounds with standard equipment that exist everywhere today.