MONSTRUM's Monstrously Fun Playgrounds

By Meera Dolasia on May 4, 2012

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Though toys and video games have undergone numerous exciting innovations, the same cannot be said about outdoor playgrounds. Sure there is the occasional fun slide or web, but they are all more or less homogeneous - a few swings, a sand box, a monkey bar or two etc. etc. Where is, the imagination and innovation? Now, two Scandinavian designers finally seem to have seen the light.

Ole B. Nielsen and Christian Jensen, who founded MONSTRUM Inc. in 2003, have the simple belief that playground design should reflect the world around us - a place full of color and excitement.  So why would one restrict kids to same sandbox or swing when they can frolic on the crater of the moon, go exploring under the seas in a submarine or better still, ride on an enormous snail, ant or rocket - The possibilities are as infinite as the creator's imagination!

For those who still crave traditional swings and monkey bars, they are present too! Just camouflaged inside these creative designs to make them a tad more exciting. The designers also try and incorporate different age groups and genders - For example one of their playgrounds features a princess castle and a rocket, side by side

Also, while the playgrounds which are now popping up across Scandinavia, appear whimsical, they are all built with for the same purpose as normal parks - To provide entertainment and challenge the motor skills of kids of all ages. Most important though, is the fact that all the structures meet the stringent Scandinavian safety standards.

The Copenhagen-based artists who began their careers with theatrical set-designs strive to create structures that are so visually stimulating that kids are voluntarily drawn to them. We think they are succeeding - Do you? Would you leave your exciting video game and go to the playground instead if, MONSTRUM built one in your neighborhood? Let us know, by adding your comments below.


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  • lunamoon
    lunamoonThursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:45 am
    • AnonymousSaturday, May 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm
      Can U build one in Shanghai?
      • taylorWednesday, May 13, 2015 at 9:39 am
        please put those parks all around the world
        • AWESOMEWednesday, May 13, 2015 at 9:23 am
          • paris_love
            paris_loveWednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:40 am
            I want that playground so bad!!! It looks so cool!!! SOOOOO COOOOOL!! !!!!!!
            • TjWednesday, April 15, 2015 at 3:06 pm
              So Coooooooollllll
              • Cool Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:50 am
                That's awesome
                • bobMonday, April 13, 2015 at 11:07 am
                  I would never ever give up video games for this
                  • bocaj89
                    bocaj89Monday, March 30, 2015 at 8:41 am
                    WOW WOW WOW WOW
                    • sawa37
                      sawa37Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:48 pm
                      I would TOTALLY give up video games for this!

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