The Pod Playground is a perfect example of the results that can be achieved when the design, client and contractor teams come together in a collaborative environment and work together to achieve a special outcome.
Located at the peak of the National Arboretum, the Pod Playground offers a unique opportunity for children to creatively engage in a variety of play activities in a natural environment, all with a view that is second to none.
The themed design creates a fantasy world of exaggerated scales, giant acorns floating in the sky and enormous Banksia cones nestled on the forest floor all of which provides endless opportunity for challenging play across multiple age groups.
Based around the seed pods of the Banksia tree (steel, cement render and fiberglass construction) and the Oak tree (steel and timber construction) the playground’s main elements are linked by integrally coloured exposed concrete paths which feature tight organic curves and various level changes.
The climbing/blackboard wall has a steel cage construction which not only facilitates the curves on plan but also allows for the forward and backward leaning faces. The wall is faced with integrally coloured carved plaster and finished with coloured stain highlights.
At one entrance to the playground there is a large rope net climbing structure and througout the playground there are special suprises such as the timber bridge with deck bells, climbing walls, dry river beds, woven steel entry portals and fences crafted from reinforcing rod and air horns hidden in the banksias.