Playgrounds based on user evidence

KOMPAN Play Institute

KPI Observation 2
What does it take to make the world’s best playgrounds? What are the best play motivators for children to play, stay and come back again and again? Which designs inspire children to play and develop physically, social-emotionally and cognitive-creatively?
Joy of movement: motor skills, muscle, cardio and bone density
Joy of learning: curiosity, understanding of causal relationships and knowledge of the world
Joy of being together: teamwork, tolerance and sense of belonging
Joy of creating: co-creation and experimenting with materials

Evidence-based playground design

The KOMPAN Play Institute is KOMPAN’s unit of play specialists, dedicated to developing, documenting and researching play and playgrounds. The KOMPAN Play Institute has been part of developing, researching and advocating playgrounds for KOMPAN since the 1980s.

The main work areas of the KOMPAN Play Institute are:

  • Research in playground and child development

  • Testing and documentation of play designs with children of all abilities

  • White papers, publications and research on playground-specific topics

  • Consultancy and advocacy on playgrounds and city planning for play

children playing on a KOMPAN playground with cliff rider

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Innovation with the KOMPAN Play Institute

Play changes as times and lifestyles change, but children will always remain the experts. Successful play designs are based on their input, combined with a specialist insight into the ongoing changes in child development. Thorough research and a respectful mindset of carefully listening to and observing children at play are the pillars of KOMPAN’s play innovation.

The KOMPAN Play Institute follows and conducts continuous research into play benefits and child development. These insights create the briefs for play innovation. Documenting the play value and benefits of play for children is a main expertise of the Institute. It cooperates with special design units within KOMPAN and tests prototypes with children, documenting the effects of playground play. Child approval and specialist documentation of play value throughout the design process ensures that KOMPAN equipment stand the tests of attraction, retention and play value.

KOMPAN Play Institute academic observing and recording play habits

Our competencies

Play Design

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Inclusive Play

Play is fundamentally human

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Meet the KOMPAN Play Institute

jeanette fich jespersen from kompan play institute

Jeanette Fich Jespersen

Suzanne Quinn

maria from kompan play institute

Maria Ross Larsen

Research-based play solutions, tested and documented by the KOMPAN Play Institute. User centered, engaging, accessible and universal.
Net Twister
Nimbus Cloud
Play Panel
Dichromatic panel
Hanger 2
Optic Panel