A Robinia makeover for an iconic playground
It takes courage to replace something that is much loved with something brand new. That’s exactly what happened at Copenhagen Zoo with the traditional playground. The result - a fresh feature that is more popular than ever, and one that doesn’t compete with, but complements, the main attraction, the animals. The new natural playground, comprising organic Robinia, is so popular that opening hours have been extended and revenue, in terms of annual passes and kiosk sales, dramatically increased. Also on the positive side, parents can relax with a coffee whilst always having their happy children in sight.
The kids are ecstatic, and they really are the most important customers in this regard.
Christian Higraff, Commercial Director - Copenhagen Zoo
All about development
The whole zoo experience is about learning and development. In the playground with Robinia slides, spinners, kids obstacle course equipment and much more, the focus switches from looking and observing to doing. The kids can get cracking with the wonderful waterplay Robinia Flip runnel with two splash tables. Sand and water are two simple materials that feed the imagination and creativity of children of all ages. The different textures of sand mixed with water play make way for hours of fun and creativity at the sand and water play table.
Imaginations, triggered by the sounds, and smells, of nearby exotic beasts, run wild.
The design is largely an extension of those senses, a natural blend of exciting Robinia wood structures and challenges, mixed in with a hint of reality in the mud-stranded Land Rover.
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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