The Beating Heart in the City of Colour
This world-first playground was put into a bleak industrial city to revitalise it and encourage the local workers to stay. In the brand new and colourful city of Aura, the playground came first, to entice people in. Aura is the first Australian city to be designed and constructed to the world’s highest environmental and sustainability standards, a bit like the centerpiece KOMPAN Corocord playground that was part of the first phase. Each weekend it drew in thousands of would-be settlers, helping them to make up their minds and become citizens. The playground’s theme was inspired by nature and then ignited by design to fit into Aura’s maxim, City of Colour.
They love the rope walks. I think it´s the fear factor because it´s up so high - that´s the fun factor.
Shaun Egan - Design Principal, Place Design Group
Built to WOW
Like KOMPAN itself, the Aura playground was born out of observation. The actions and environment are re-creations of the thrill and fun of climbing in and out of impressive hollow tree stumps, but without the bugs. The design is unique, with flexible features that combine to make a one-of-a-kind piece. The Sky Walk, fast slides, climbing net, and balance rope offer a thrilling experience for the local children.
PhysicalJoy of movement: motor skills, muscle, cardio and bone density
CognitiveJoy of learning: curiosity, understanding of causal relationships and knowledge of the world
Social-EmotionalJoy of being together: teamwork, tolerance and sense of belonging
CreativeJoy of creating: co-creation and experimenting with materials
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