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65 Peculiar Playground Innovations

From Impromptu Playgrounds to Green Jungle Gyms

— November 3, 2011 — Life-Stages
A good balance of work and play is necessary to keep the body and the mind active, which is why there seems to be a need for designers and architects to create peculiar playground innovations. These fun places filled with swings, seesaws, slides and sandboxes are no longer only targeted to kids, but they also target adults of all ages. Grown ups also seem to enjoy remembering those childhood days when laughs and games were more important than work and tight schedules.

As a result, there is a higher tendency to develop pieces inspired by playgrounds. There are fun art installations made to entertain audiences and make people break adult boundaries, as well as actual buildings that incorporate elements from these kids' spaces to make them more interactive and fun.

These peculiar playground innovations show how most people are only big versions of kids who still enjoy an afternoon of laughs and games.
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Social Media Playground Games
Social Media Playground Games
Nike+ GPS iPhone App Lets You Play Tag With Other Runners
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63
Ballooning Car Bodies
Ballooning Car Bodies
The Humanix iSAVE-SC1 is Made Out of Inflated Tent Fabric
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62
Childish Seating
Childish Seating
The Croquet Stool by Wis Design Resembles Kids' Building Blocks
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61
Wide Whipping Weapons
Wide Whipping Weapons
The Slingshots by Christopher Jarratt Should Stay Out of Playgrounds
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60
Enormous Elephant Playgrounds
Enormous Elephant Playgrounds
Phill by Nuca Studio Entertains Kids While Parents Enjoy Dinner
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59
Pink African Playgrounds
Pink African Playgrounds
Marrakech's Assoufid Resort Opens Within Sight of the Atlas Mountains
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58
Giant Playground Interiors
Giant Playground Interiors
A Forty Foot Slide Inside Shanghai's Lavish Changi Airport
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57
Storybook Swing Sets
Storybook Swing Sets
The Fugle Swing by Christina Fesmire Rereads the Recrational Form
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56
Wooden Waffle Playgrounds
Wooden Waffle Playgrounds
The Modern Teak Swing by 'Design Within Reach'
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55
Playground-Inspired Rugs
Playground-Inspired Rugs
The Hopscotch Rug by A/R Studio is Kid Approved
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54
Communal Recreational Structures
Communal Recreational Structures
Van Rooijen Architects' Playground Building is Bright & Colorful
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53
Recycled Recreational Parks
Recycled Recreational Parks
Basurama's ‘Ghost Train' Park Was an Old Elect
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52
Shapely Shadow Playgrounds
Shapely Shadow Playgrounds
'Shadow Play' Inspires Imagination and Learning in Children
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51
Super Tunnel Slides
Super Tunnel Slides
Serge Spitzer Creates the Ultimate Tube Playground
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50
Spiral Playgrounds
Spiral Playgrounds
The 'Helix Spire' by Erich Remash Architects is for Grown-up Kids
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49
See-Saw Loungers
See-Saw Loungers
The Double Rocker
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48
Hybrid Children's Furniture
Hybrid Children's Furniture
The Casaurus by Koichiro Hoshino is Multifunctional
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47
Vibrant Public Playgrounds
Vibrant Public Playgrounds
The FriendsWithYou Rainbow City Brightens the Town With Cheerful Color
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46
Impromptu Playgrounds
Impromptu Playgrounds
These Pop-up Parks are Beautifying New York One Block at a Time
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45
Creative Workout Desserts
Creative Workout Desserts
The Prius Playground Rewards Physical Activity with Sno-Cones
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44
Playground Dining Furniture
Playground Dining Furniture
The Swing Table by Duffy London Brings Fun to Food Time
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43
Mountainous Rubber Playgrounds
Mountainous Rubber Playgrounds
David Barry's 'Big Foot' is Made Out of Melted Down Tires
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42
Urban Dino Playgrounds
Urban Dino Playgrounds
'Dinosaurs Unleashed' Exhibit Causes a Roar in London
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41
Versatile Mini Playgrounds
Versatile Mini Playgrounds
The Bugge Lets Your Child Play Without Sharp Edges
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40
Playground Tables
Playground Tables
Studio Klass' Eat Table is a Slide/Table Hybrid for Toddlers
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39
Playgrounds from Hell
Playgrounds from Hell
Slavic Nightmare Park Has Demonic Play Equipment
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38
Tree Shaping
Tree Shaping
Plantware Playgrounds Made of Trees
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37
Competitive Playground Pastimes
Competitive Playground Pastimes
The Arch Rival Game Encourages Safe Sport
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36
Impromptu Playgrounds
Impromptu Playgrounds
San Franciso Pranksters Install Swings on BART Trains
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35
Teamwork Rec Accessories
Teamwork Rec Accessories
No Picnic Alma Social Swings Join Several Forces
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34
Waterfront Playgrounds
Waterfront Playgrounds
The Brewery Site in Copenhagen Will Have Fun For Young and Old
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33
Green Jungle Gyms
Green Jungle Gyms
The Nature Energy Park Teaches Children About Renewable Energy
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32
Playground Slide Escalators
Playground Slide Escalators
My Volkswagen's 'The Slide' Makes Commuting a Fun Ride
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31
Playground-Inspired Installations
Playground-Inspired Installations
Carsten Höller Places a Three-Story Slide in the NYC New Mu
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30
Kitchen Appliance Stilettos
Kitchen Appliance Stilettos
The Kobi Levi Coffee Pot Shoes are Sizzling Hot
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29
Swashbuckling Playgrounds
Swashbuckling Playgrounds
The Pirate Ship Playhouse Offers Luxury Area for Boundless Imaginations
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28
Billboard Playgrounds
Billboard Playgrounds
The Mesarchitecture 'Double Happiness' Reinterprets Our Desires
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27
Playground for Pensioners
Playground for Pensioners
OAP Swingers
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26
Tween Fitness Playgrounds
Tween Fitness Playgrounds
Playnetix Tumbler by Clifford Couvillon Promotes Playful Health
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25
Starry Jungle Gyms
Starry Jungle Gyms
The Playground by Sungkuk Park Glows Day or Night
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24
Infant Sensory Playgrounds
Infant Sensory Playgrounds
The MAXI-ooh! is an Innovative Learning Area for Babies
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23
Sci-Fi Playgrounds
Sci-Fi Playgrounds
DesignWorks' Nexus Core System is for Gen X Kids
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22
Luxurious Floating Playgrounds
Luxurious Floating Playgrounds
Satisfy Your Guilty Pleasures on the 'Floating Pleasure Islands'
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21
Intelligent Playgrounds to Fight Obesity
Intelligent Playgrounds to Fight Obesity
The i-Play
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20
Playground-Inspired Seating
Playground-Inspired Seating
The Swing Bench Lets Adults Play Like Children Again
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19
Manmusement Parks
Manmusement Parks
The Maennerspielplatz is Like Disneyland for Dudes
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18
Nature-Inspired Playground Equipment
Nature-Inspired Playground Equipment
The Leaf Swing
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17
Adult Playground Installations
Adult Playground Installations
Thomas Heatherwick puts his 'Spun' Chair to Artistic Use
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16
Psychedelic Playgrounds
Psychedelic Playgrounds
'Fotos Carnavalescas Surrealistas' by Vanessa Bumbeers
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15
Playful Kitchen Appliances
Playful Kitchen Appliances
Whip up a Slice of See Saw Toast in this Revolutionary Cooker
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14
String-Inspired Playground Equipment
String-Inspired Playground Equipment
Elementary School Features Continuous Steel 'Thread'
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13
Rainbow Rope Playgrounds
Rainbow Rope Playgrounds
Skill Forest Climbing Net Makes the Hakone Pavillion a Magical Place
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12
Playground Bookstores
Playground Bookstores
Kid's Republic in Beijing Offers a Fun Way to Learn
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11
Treetop Playgrounds
Treetop Playgrounds
The Camp Twin Lakes Treehouse Educates Children About Sustainability
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10
Playground-Inspired Architecture
Playground-Inspired Architecture
Salzburg's Lanserhofwiese is Colorfully Playful
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9
Swirling Sculptured Playgrounds
Swirling Sculptured Playgrounds
Caracool Slides Children to Spiraling Wonderland
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8
Psychedelic Art Playgrounds
Psychedelic Art Playgrounds
Jessica Stockholder Turns Madison Square Park Into a Child's Fantasy
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7
Airplane Playgrounds
Airplane Playgrounds
Evergreen Aviation Museum Wings and Waves Water Park from Recycled 747
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6
Playground Buildings
Playground Buildings
The Technische Universitat Slides are a Great Alternative to Stairs
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5
Work Space Playgrounds
Work Space Playgrounds
Google Office in Zurich
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4
Edgy Playground Pin-Ups
Edgy Playground Pin-Ups
Bruno Maric Captures Subcultural Beauty With Black-and-White Shots
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3
Adult Playgrounds
Adult Playgrounds
The Big Kidz Playground
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2
Tropical Tire Swings
Tropical Tire Swings
Recycled Creations' Designs Include Bird Planters & Playground Equipment
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1
Cube-Shaped Architecture
Cube-Shaped Architecture
Taipei Performing Arts Center is a Building for Blockheads
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