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.

Resources: Monstrum.dk, dailymail.co.uk

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  • yomoFriday, January 23, 2015 at 5:38 am
    I'm moving to that school now!
    • peace girlThursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:39 pm
      I wish we could have one in our neighborhood!!!
      • MadgirlThursday, January 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm
        we need this at our school we can eat outside and in the class instead of at the cafateria(we could knock it down and use it for space!!!!!And who needs a parking lot?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • jjThursday, January 15, 2015 at 11:14 am
          why cant we have it at our school
          • Bonnie girlWednesday, January 14, 2015 at 3:43 am
            Cool
            • Baseballplayer1Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:32 am
              AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
              • TeenageGamerMonday, January 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm
                Totally would ditch video games if my neighborhood had one like these.
                • cupcake3224Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm
                  Yeah. It is.
                  • cupcake3224
                    cupcake3224Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:45 am
                    That is kind of awesome.
                    • songless
                      songlessTuesday, January 6, 2015 at 3:41 pm
                      That is so awesome. If a play ground is anything like this, I'm there.

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