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37 Whimsical Playground Designs

From Geometric Jungle Gyms to Sustainable Timber Playgrounds

— August 25, 2015 — Art & Design
These whimsical playground designs combine modern architecture with kid-friendly activities. Playgrounds are often associated with wonderful childhood memories of hours spent on the swings, slides and monkey bars. These modern jungle gyms put a whole new spin on classic playground designs.

One of the major innovations in playground design has been the addition of high-tech features. Children are increasingly connected to mobile technology and many playgrounds feature activities that integrate these devices into playtime. Some of these high-tech playground designs include interactive game projectors, magnetic marble playgrounds and interactive jungle gyms.

Beyond high-tech features, many modern playgrounds feature unexpected and unusual architecture. For example, there are jungle gyms housed inside of old shipping containers. There are also luxurious playgrounds built on ships. There are even treehouse playgrounds that are elevated above the ground.
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Interactive Playground Installations
Interactive Playground Installations
Swing it! Encourages People to Think about Playful Memories
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36
Vibrant Basketball Courts
Vibrant Basketball Courts
This Multicoloured Basketball Court is Hidden By Huge Buildings in Paris
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35
Wooden Lattice Playgrounds
Wooden Lattice Playgrounds
These Eight Pavilions Provide a Different Attraction for Curious Kids
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34
Canopied Community Stadiums
Canopied Community Stadiums
Grimshaw Architects Plans a Sports Center in Qatar
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33
Impossible Small Playground Ads
Impossible Small Playground Ads
The Bimbo Ana Maria Cakes Campaign Promotes More Filling
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32
Ballooner Jungle Gyms
Ballooner Jungle Gyms
A Hot-Air Balloon Swing May Grace a Riverside Park in Queens, New York
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Straw Netting Jungle Gyms
Straw Netting Jungle Gyms
The Gyeonggi Children’s Museum is Made from Straws
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30
Magnetic Marble Playgrounds
Magnetic Marble Playgrounds
Frigits Can Be Moved Around on a Magnetic Surface for Endless Play
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29
Interactive Game Projectors
Interactive Game Projectors
The Lumo Interactive Projector Turns Kids' Rooms Into Playgrounds
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Playground-Like Townhouses
Playground-Like Townhouses
Architects XTH-Berlin Designed a Townhouse Complete with Nets & Slides
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27
Cocoon-Like Playgrounds
Cocoon-Like Playgrounds
The Vail Nest by tres birds workshop is an Artistic Jungle Gym
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26
Urban Snow Playgrounds
Urban Snow Playgrounds
The Second Hinterlands Project Utilizes Wasted Snow in a Fun Way
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25
Sensory Playhouse Sculptures
Sensory Playhouse Sculptures
Jana Winderen and Marc Fornes Designed the Situation NY Installation
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24
Ultramodern Treehouse Playgrounds
Ultramodern Treehouse Playgrounds
The Garrison Treehouse by Sharon Davis Sits in a Grassy Meadow
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23
Ice Cream-Mimicking Playgrounds
Ice Cream-Mimicking Playgrounds
This Ice Cream Playground is a Pink & Blue Wonderland for Kids
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22
Theme Park Playgrounds
Theme Park Playgrounds
This Willy Wonka-Inspired Playground is Fun for All Ages
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21
Playful Playground Interiors
Playful Playground Interiors
This Spiral Metal Slide Design Connects Two Penthouses
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20
Shipping Container Children's Centers
Shipping Container Children's Centers
This Industrial Children's Activity Center is in Australia
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19
Futuristic Pedagogical Playgrounds
Futuristic Pedagogical Playgrounds
Mobiversum by J. Mayer H. Architects Encourages Movement
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18
Fitness-Encouraging Playgrounds
Fitness-Encouraging Playgrounds
Attivo by John Ditchburn Helps Children Become More Active
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17
Ironic Industrial Playgrounds
Ironic Industrial Playgrounds
The Host Encourages Interaction on a Structure Made from Separators
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16
Portable People-Connecting Playgrounds
Portable People-Connecting Playgrounds
Building the Instant Playground Instigates Interaction
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15
Geometrical Public Playgrounds
Geometrical Public Playgrounds
This Metal-Clad Playground Structure Boasts a Built-In Trampoline
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14
Sustainable Timber Playgrounds
Sustainable Timber Playgrounds
These Eco-Friendly Rocking Chair Animals are Playful & Attractive
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13
Indoor Playground Abodes
Indoor Playground Abodes
The Jerry House Allows People to Relax and Have Fun
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12
Luxe Playground Ships
Luxe Playground Ships
The Avalon 'Deco Funship' Takes Fun to the High Seas
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11
Energy-Generating Jungle Gyms
Energy-Generating Jungle Gyms
Empower Playgrounds Harnesses the Boundless Energy of Children
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10
Illuminating Sculptural Playgrounds
Illuminating Sculptural Playgrounds
Forest Loops by Suppose Design is a Climbable Art Installation
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9
Modular Interior Playgrounds
Modular Interior Playgrounds
The Sjotorget Kindergarten by Rotstein Arkitekter Drives Creativity
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8
Arboreal Playground Architecture
Arboreal Playground Architecture
The Mobiversum Installation Stimulates Physically and Mentally
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7
Massive Geometric Jungle Gyms
Massive Geometric Jungle Gyms
The Inflatable Jungle Gym Prototype is Bound to Cause Excitement
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6
Origami Playground Canopies
Origami Playground Canopies
This Brightly Colored Thin Metal Canopy Protects a Playground in Spain
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5
Cheerful Contemporary Schools
Cheerful Contemporary Schools
The Spring Learning Center by Joey Ho Design is Minimalist & Playful
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4
Extravagant Bug-Eyed Playgrounds
Extravagant Bug-Eyed Playgrounds
This New Creative Playground Will Blow Kids Away
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3
Ultimate Urban Playgrounds
Ultimate Urban Playgrounds
The City Museum was Formerly a Converted Shoe Factory
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2
Imaginatively Abstract Playgrounds
Imaginatively Abstract Playgrounds
Free Play by Dan Schreibman Feeds Children's Creativity
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1
Hammock Public Seating
Hammock Public Seating
The Off-Ground Installation is Part Playground, Part Retreat
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