Ideas
Explore the world's #1 largest database of ideas and innovations, with over 400,000 inspiring examples.
Insights
Uncover major shifts and emerging opportunities with our exclusive PRO research.
Trend Reports
Discover why 750 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Newsletter
Join over 200,000 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
Books
Join 20,000,000+ people getting better and faster with our New York Times Bestselling methods, best innovation books & keynote videos.
Dashboard
Get special access to premium content, topic tracking and customizable tools through our AI-powered Dashboard.
AI
Learn how the Trend Hunter harnesses the power of artificial intelligence.
Assessment
Enchance your innovation potential with a deeper understanding of your unique innovation archetype and how your organization benchmarks.
Overview
Accelerate innovation and ignite disruptive thinking with our award-winning programs and research.
Keynotes & Workshops
Empower your team with the insights and frameworks they need to innovate better and faster.
Custom Research
Get fast, customized trend reports, presentations and deep dives 20x faster than traditional research.
Plans
Get started today with a free consultation, our self-serve tools, or a dedicated program.
Jeremy Gutsche
Ignite your event with our CEO, a NY Times Bestselling Author and one of the top innovation keynote speakers.
Our Team of Futurists
Inspire your group with our most popular speakers on innovation, trends, change and futurism.
Contact
Get in touch to learn more, ask a question or submit a tip.
About Us
Learn more about Trend Hunter and how we accelerate innovation.
FAQ
Get answers to common questions about Trend Hunter.
Community
Stay on the cutting-edge with the help of the Trend Hunter community.
Team
Meet the team trusted by hundreds of leading businesses worldwide.
Jobs
Find opportunities to accelerate your career with the #1 Trend Firm.
Internships
Grow your professional skillset in an award-winning workplace.
News
Catch up on noteworthy Trend Hunter news and media mentions.
Join
Build a portfolio and put your trend-spotting abilities to the test.
Advertising
Supercharge your marketing by partnering with Trend Hunter.
Portfolio
Visit your public portfolio and browse your past articles.
Add a Trend
Write up an article and showcase your trend-spotting skills.
My Trends
Edit your articles and see how they stack up on the leaderboards.
Settings
Edit your profile, connect your social media accounts, and more.
Add a trend, customize your dashboard, or track topics.
Future Festival
World Summit
Learn why 97% of people rate it "the best innovation conference ever".
1-Day Innovation Events
Explore our 2019 tour dates and find the best city to inspire your team.
Custom Events
Bring Future Festival to your team or event with our custom programming.
Search our database of over 390,000 cutting edge ideas.

73 Playfully Peculiar Playgrounds

From Offbeat Jungle Gyms to Sliding NYC Condos

— July 25, 2012 — Eco
Your neighborhood parks have got nothing on these peculiar playgrounds, filled with adventurous obstacles and whimsical details. Colorful plastic slides and sky-high swings are looking far-out futuristic these days.

The countless hours spent playing on the jungle gym have inspired multiple designers to push the boundaries when it comes to creating recreational parks. Whether it's bringing these childlike designs into offices or imagining swashbuckling climbers, playground designs have gone far beyond the traditional slides and see-saws. Some peculiar playgrounds have been moved off the land, suspended in aerial locations or mounted on floating, seaside islands.

These recreational climbers are designed to stimulate your sensory systems and bring communities together through active playtime. Although the playground's upbringing is wholesome and childlike, these peculiar playgrounds break creative limits and bring smiles to all ages.
6.7
Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
73
Temporary Urban Greenery
Temporary Urban Greenery
Plaza Movil Creates Pop-Up Parks in Buenos Aires
<
72
LED-Illuminated Seesaws
LED-Illuminated Seesaws
'A Tilt of Light' by ENESS is an Art Installation That Encourages Play
<
71
Enormous Elephant Playgrounds
Enormous Elephant Playgrounds
Phill by Nuca Studio Entertains Kids While Parents Enjoy Dinner
<
70
Gnarly Netted Alligators
Gnarly Netted Alligators
The Olek Crocheted Jacare Alligator is a Soft, but Scary Playground
<
69
Plush Penthouse Playgrounds
Plush Penthouse Playgrounds
JDS Architects Decorates Rooftops
<
68
Cutting-Edge Kid Creations
Cutting-Edge Kid Creations
Children Design the Imagination Playground in NYC
<
67
Male-Oriented Retail Playgrounds
Male-Oriented Retail Playgrounds
IKEA Manland Gives Boyfriends and Husbands a Break from Shopping
<
66
Peppy Playground Boutiques
Peppy Playground Boutiques
The Martin Margiela Store Gets Playful and Sporty
<
65
Pink African Playgrounds
Pink African Playgrounds
Marrakech's Assoufid Resort Opens Within Sight of the Atlas Mountains
<
64
Giant Playground Interiors
Giant Playground Interiors
A Forty Foot Slide Inside Shanghai's Lavish Changi Airport
<
63
Communal Recreational Structures
Communal Recreational Structures
Van Rooijen Architects' Playground Building is Bright & Colorful
<
62
Chromosome-Constructed Parks
Chromosome-Constructed Parks
The Trepy Playground is Complex Enough to Encourage Physical Activity
<
61
Turbine Jungle Gyms
Turbine Jungle Gyms
2012Architecten's Wikado Playground is Fun and Eco-Friendly
<
60
Vibrant Public Playgrounds
Vibrant Public Playgrounds
The FriendsWithYou Rainbow City Brightens the Town With Cheerful Color
<
59
Spiral Playgrounds
Spiral Playgrounds
The 'Helix Spire' by Erich Remash Architects is for Grown-up Kids
<
58
Recycled Recreational Parks
Recycled Recreational Parks
Basurama's ‘Ghost Train' Park Was an Old Elect
<
57
Energy-Producing Playgrounds
Energy-Producing Playgrounds
TGO Green Energy Gym Technology Harnesses People-Power
<
56
Recycled Machinery Playgrounds
Recycled Machinery Playgrounds
The 'Kinderparadijs Meidoorn' Fun Zone Winds Kids Up
<
55
Colorful Kinder Schools
Colorful Kinder Schools
Palatre & Leclere Make a Coloring Book Come to Life
<
54
Hybrid Children's Furniture
Hybrid Children's Furniture
The Casaurus by Koichiro Hoshino is Multifunctional
<
53
Astronaut Trampolines
Astronaut Trampolines
The Spaceball Tramp is Fun Fitness for Outer SpaceTraining
<
52
Impromptu Playgrounds
Impromptu Playgrounds
These Pop-up Parks are Beautifying New York One Block at a Time
<
51
Monumental Playground Equipment
Monumental Playground Equipment
Swing by Kamila Szejnoch Brings New Meaning to Statue
<
50
Mountainous Rubber Playgrounds
Mountainous Rubber Playgrounds
David Barry's 'Big Foot' is Made Out of Melted Down Tires
<
49
Creative Workout Desserts
Creative Workout Desserts
The Prius Playground Rewards Physical Activity with Sno-Cones
<
48
Urban Dino Playgrounds
Urban Dino Playgrounds
'Dinosaurs Unleashed' Exhibit Causes a Roar in London
<
47
Versatile Mini Playgrounds
Versatile Mini Playgrounds
The Bugge Lets Your Child Play Without Sharp Edges
<
46
Adult Play Areas
Adult Play Areas
The Ball Pit by SoulPancake is a Comfortable Space to Meet People
<
45
Funky Funhouse Architecture
Funky Funhouse Architecture
The Factoria Joven Skate Park is Bright and Complex
<
44
Stacked Jungle Gym Schools
Stacked Jungle Gym Schools
The Columbia University Medical Centre is a Complex Glass Labyrinth
<
43
Sliding NYC Condos
Sliding NYC Condos
Turett Collaborative Architect Brings the Playground to This Fun-Filled Home
<
42
Ultra Modern Playhouses
Ultra Modern Playhouses
The SmartPlayhouse is a Fun Take on the Contemporary
<
41
Impromptu Playgrounds
Impromptu Playgrounds
San Franciso Pranksters Install Swings on BART Trains
<
40
Green Jungle Gyms
Green Jungle Gyms
The Nature Energy Park Teaches Children About Renewable Energy
<
39
Waterfront Playgrounds
Waterfront Playgrounds
The Brewery Site in Copenhagen Will Have Fun For Young and Old
<
38
Slithering School Slides
Slithering School Slides
TUM University Playground Gets Students to Class with One Drop
<
37
Playground-Inspired Installations
Playground-Inspired Installations
Carsten Höller Places a Three-Story Slide in the NYC New Mu
<
36
In-Airport Playgrounds
In-Airport Playgrounds
The Schiphol Departure Lounge 4 Lets Kids Play During Layover
<
35
Swashbuckling Playgrounds
Swashbuckling Playgrounds
The Pirate Ship Playhouse Offers Luxury Area for Boundless Imaginations
<
34
Butterfly Jungle Gyms
Butterfly Jungle Gyms
'Vlinderboom Schoolyard' by One Architecture & Debra Solomon
<
33
Playgrounds as Art
Playgrounds as Art
Frank Gehry's Playground in NYC's Battery Park
<
32
Billboard Playgrounds
Billboard Playgrounds
The Mesarchitecture 'Double Happiness' Reinterprets Our Desires
<
31
Infant Sensory Playgrounds
Infant Sensory Playgrounds
The MAXI-ooh! is an Innovative Learning Area for Babies
<
30
Playground for Pensioners
Playground for Pensioners
OAP Swingers
<
29
Kid-Friendly Cafes
Kid-Friendly Cafes
The Phill Restaurant by Nuca Studio Features a Whimsical Concept
<
28
Scented Playgrounds
Scented Playgrounds
Ernesto Neto Delves Into Childhood Imagination with His Art
<
27
Starry Jungle Gyms
Starry Jungle Gyms
The Playground by Sungkuk Park Glows Day or Night
<
26
Luxurious Floating Playgrounds
Luxurious Floating Playgrounds
Satisfy Your Guilty Pleasures on the 'Floating Pleasure Islands'
<
25
Tween Fitness Playgrounds
Tween Fitness Playgrounds
Playnetix Tumbler by Clifford Couvillon Promotes Playful Health
<
24
Intelligent Playgrounds to Fight Obesity
Intelligent Playgrounds to Fight Obesity
The i-Play
<
23
Playgrounds For The Elderly
Playgrounds For The Elderly
<
22
Adult Playground Installations
Adult Playground Installations
Thomas Heatherwick puts his 'Spun' Chair to Artistic Use
<
21
Clustered Play Forts
Clustered Play Forts
Gregg Fleshman's 'Playgoda' is a Flat-Packed Playhouse
<
20
Pirate Sailboat Toy Houses
Pirate Sailboat Toy Houses
The Red Beards Revenge Pirate Ship Playhouse by PoshTots is Life-Size
<
19
Psychedelic Playgrounds
Psychedelic Playgrounds
'Fotos Carnavalescas Surrealistas' by Vanessa Bumbeers
<
18
Offbeat Jungle Gyms
Offbeat Jungle Gyms
Monstrum Playgrounds Creates Ridiculously Imaginative Recreation Areas
<
17
Designer Kiddie Playhomes
Designer Kiddie Playhomes
The SmartPlayhouse Offers Personal and Stylish Spaces for Children
<
16
String-Inspired Playground Equipment
String-Inspired Playground Equipment
Elementary School Features Continuous Steel 'Thread'
<
15
Playground Bookstores
Playground Bookstores
Kid's Republic in Beijing Offers a Fun Way to Learn
<
14
Treetop Playgrounds
Treetop Playgrounds
The Camp Twin Lakes Treehouse Educates Children About Sustainability
<
13
Classroom-Free Academies
Classroom-Free Academies
The Vittra School Does Away with Traditional Educational Architecture
<
12
Knitted Kid-Friendly Installations
Knitted Kid-Friendly Installations
These Interactive Crocheted Playgrounds Embrace Childhood
<
11
Sleek Futuristic Playgrounds
Sleek Futuristic Playgrounds
The Blaxland Riverside Park by JMD Design is a Child's Haven
<
10
Dangerous Retro Playhouses
Dangerous Retro Playhouses
Playgrounds from the 70s are Modern Bad Ideas
<
9
Flat-Packed Playspaces
Flat-Packed Playspaces
'My Space' Pop-Up Playhouse Designed by Liya Mairson
<
8
Psychedelic Art Playgrounds
Psychedelic Art Playgrounds
Jessica Stockholder Turns Madison Square Park Into a Child's Fantasy
<
7
Prefabricated Playgrounds
Prefabricated Playgrounds
The Play Modern Cuba and 2cuba Playhouses are Built With Minimal Tools
<
6
Playground Buildings
Playground Buildings
The Technische Universitat Slides are a Great Alternative to Stairs
<
5
Airplane Playgrounds
Airplane Playgrounds
Evergreen Aviation Museum Wings and Waves Water Park from Recycled 747
<
4
Massive Floating Playgrounds
Massive Floating Playgrounds
The Wibit Sports Park 60 is an Inflatable Water Park Wonderland
<
3
Cheese Grater Park Slides
Cheese Grater Park Slides
Bizarre Playgrounds as Art? Really?
<
2
Illuminated Public Sculptures
Illuminated Public Sculptures
The Luminous Field Installation Turns Cloud Gate into a Disco Ball
<
1
Adult Playgrounds
Adult Playgrounds
The Big Kidz Playground
<