Australian landscape architect Taylor Cullity Lethlean developed a woodland playground at Canberra's National Arboretum—a space home to nearly 100 forests and rare and endangered species from around the world. Boasting towering shapes like giant wooden acorns, fruit trees, nests and webs, the Pod Playground is a far cry from the conventional plastic playgrounds dotting our cities. This enchanting park is crafted entirely from local wood, and both its organic shapes and use of eco-friendly materials beautifully pay homage to the surrounding environment.
Recently opened in Canberra, this magnificent playground is meant to be enjoyed by both kids and adults. The playground draws its forms directly from the trees of the arboretum, and the structures beautifully combine the traditional shape of cork oak acorns with native seeds like banksia. A fun space for playing and exploration, the playground features expansive nets, pods, climbing walls and caves.
Here, six acorns are connected by climbing rope tunnels, slides and ladders, and range anywhere between 10 to 20 feet in height. Inside they have been decorated by hand with dreamy motifs that feature natural elements and critter, such as spongy clouds, falling rain and insects. A delightful space for playing and exercising, the Pod Playground is sure to bring Canberra’s inhabitants closer to nature.
Photos by Taylor Cullity Lethlean