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Wbp Landschaftsarchitekten : Play_Land

Created for the youth of Oberhausen (Germany) to have fun and get together in a place of its own, Play_Land is an outdoor playground designed by planners and architects of the German agency wbp Landschaftesarchitekten.

The will of the Municipality was to imagine a place exclusively intended for the entertainment and the meeting of young people of the city - from the smallest to the adolescents -, while integrating this space with the topography of this territory of North Rhine- Westphalia, both industrial and green, on the edge of the Rhine-Herne canal, at the intersection of a railway, air and road axis.

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Two main questions were raised upstream of the conception: what can be done about this place with its untapped potential and how to promote the gathering of the juvenile population?

To answer these two questions, wbp Landschaftesarchitekten designs a fireplace made of concrete, wood and glass, the accessible planted roof of which is integrated into an artificial mound housing a youth club and ventilated centers. On each side of the building there are various areas of activity: the skatepark, which enters the site and where fans of BMX or skate can indulge their passion and then, on the other side , agility and acrobatic courses as well as climbing games.

The ambition lies in the reconciliation of a playful universe and ease of use - no need to be a member of any association or to have special physical assets to benefit from the infrastructures - access and of security. The most risky installations for the smallest nets and tree climbing courses are thus placed above a parcel of sand, limiting the risk of injury in the event of a fall. Picnic tables are also provided to allow everyone to meet and exchange.

The whole forms a pleasant and friendly place where pleasure and freedom are the key words.

For more information, please visit wbp Landschaftsarchitekten

Photographs: Claudia Dreyße

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