Terra Australis delivers a nature-inspired play experience – without compromising on longevity or increasing asset management.
Australia is home to one of the harshest environments in the world; blistering temperatures, high UV exposure and corrosive conditions in our coastal regions to name just a few.
Playscape Creations understand that many organisations and asset owners simply don’t have the resources to maintain organic loose parts play or natural timber. Unfortunately, the majority of timber used in recreational environments - particularly if it’s not sourced locally - is unable to withstand the Australian environment or its pests. Playscape Creations are committed to bringing you hardwearing, durable and low maintenance materials that deliver a nature-inspired play experience that can be constructed in ANY environment.
From Australian hardwood timber to 2-pac epoxy coated structural steel and 316 stainless steel elements, the Terra Australis story is a stunning evolution in delivering nature-inspired play experiences without compromising on longevity of the materials or increasing asset maintenance.
Read more about Playscape Creation’s material considerations and uses HERE.
The integration of the play experience with the landscape setting is integral to achieving a balanced design; building on the existing fabric of mature vegetation, landform, key vistas and built form while presenting an experience that is unique, challenging and exciting.
Work with the natural environment
Rather than clearing and levelling the site completely, incorporate the natural slope and other native elements into your plans. Let existing trees determine where shaded seating should occur. Use hills and changing levels as opportunities for embankment play. Incorporate discovery paths and existing landform features wherever possible.
Think unstructured but connected
According to research, children often view natural surroundings as part of the playground itself, incorporating them into their play area. Consider placing play structures near natural features such as bushland or a bio corridor. Create winding pathways that connect nodes of play elements with discovery elements like butterfly gardens, dry creek beds, sensory gardens or sandpits. This extends the play area and encourages children and their carers to explore their expanded environment, stretching their imaginations along the way.
Create a space for everyone
Inclusivity is key to evoking feelings of community and belonging; there must be a place for everyone. Thoughtful designs need to consider the needs of the community, facilitating inclusion for people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds. Consider offering seating opportunities for carers with clear lines of site across the space. Integrate shade as a key consideration for user comfort. Incorporate active elements suitable for teenagers so they have a place to spend their time too.
The Terra Australis Story is proudly brought to you by Playscape Creations, leading recreational innovation since 1998.
For more information call 1300 669 074 or head to terraaustralis-story.com.au.
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