Inspired by the forests of rare and endangered trees on its property, Australia’s National Arboretum Playground, also known as the Pod Playground, invites children to creatively play amidst giant acorn structures. Designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean, the playground in Canberra reimagines organic shapes found in the forest to grandiose size in sustainable wood. Kids of all ages can feel as if they are shrunken down, playing in giant acorn shaped hideouts, through Banksia cones on the ground, and through elevated tubes that connect the playground together.
Architect Taylor Cullity Lethlean designed the Pod Playground as a means to stimulate children through creativity, make believe, and social play. Borrowing shapes and specimens from the nearby forest, the playground also teaches children about the beauty of nature.
The exaggerated scale of the acorn play stations creates larger than life adventures for children, who can simultaneously imagine themselves in a bug’s eye view as they sit in one of the Pinus macrocarpus timber battens and red cedar- clad seeds. Inside the acorn structures, kids will find a slew of things to promote play: thunder sound panels, wind chimes, kaleidoscopes, ladders, rope tunnels, twisty slides, climbing walls, poles to slide down and portholes to peer out of.
The native Banksia seed pod was the inspiration for six huts on the ground that kids can enter and gather in. The grounds of the playground round out the fun with sound areas with drums and chimes, a bird’s nest swing set and a story telling tree.
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