A public space in Poland integrates organic forms and rolling hills into a delightful greenspace that leads users down into a playground with a splashpool that delights little adventurers.
Designed by Polish architect Robert Skitek, the Jaworznickie Planty water playground in Jaworzno, Poland, was built on former coal mine terrain. Including a water play area and public greenspace, the design was created around a series of rounded plazas that merge the greenery and connect the water streams that flow down to meet the centre apex of the park. Organic forms with soft edges and wandering lines create an interesting route for park visitors that forces user to slow their pace and enjoy the landscape.
Situated at the centre of the park is a water playground, which is recessed into the landscape, sitting below the level of the surrounding green hills in order to create a more comfortable environment for little users and making it less visible from the nearby pedestrian thoroughfare.
Featuring a splash pool as its focal point, which is feed by a shallow stream running in from the rest of the park, the area is edged by comfortable timber-lined benches that allow parents to supervise their children. The painted floor of the pool references spraying water and is dotted with colourful elements that enhance play.
Public restrooms for the park are cleverly disguised inside one of the green hills along the main thoroughfare. Uniquely shaped curved benches dot the landscape, creating quiet places among the green for resting or meeting friends. Carefully designed landscaping, including rustling grass, colourful bushes and flower meadows, completes the entire project.
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