Here are some playgrounds that will make you want to be a kid again, or at least make you wish there wasnâ€™t a social stigma against grown adults gleefully frolicking around a childrenâ€™s play area sans oneâ€™s children. Designed by Monstrum, a Danish firm founded by Ole B. Nielsen and Christian Jensen, these playscapes are by far the most remarkable Iâ€™ve ever seen. Located all across Europe, their stunningly imaginative features range from the fantastical (a spider web netscape strung up below a giant spider) to the dreamlike (a blue-and-red-striped playscape seemingly designed by Dr. Seuss) and also to the slightly creepy (the bendy playhouse pictured above looks a bit haunted and/or hungry).
Theyâ€™re practically art installations just as much as they are play areas, and Monstrum is certainly very enthusiastic about them. â€śMONSTRUM believes that playground design should be a reflection of the world surrounding us,” says their official website. â€śWe see the world as a place full of colour. We meet boys that like pink and girls that likes trees, so why only play on a monkey frame and a sandbox, when you can play in a moon crater or a submarine or a giant spider or an enormous snail or a Trojan horse or a rocket or an ant or a princess castle. The fantasy is infinite.â€ť [Read more…]