By adding high density rubber wheel into the recessed grooves of the side profile this allows the structure to revolve around a swinging radius making our structure a kinetic wonder for children.We named our structure “Coast” which means to move easily without using power. It also connects to the West Coast environment of the grey whale, which our visual inspiration for the structure is based upon. The Child is able to visually and physically encounter the profound size and structure of being with in and with out a whale giving the child magnificent satisfaction.
Design Team: 'Grey Matters' - Melissa Mellor, Dylan Moffat, Barter Design Co.
The objective of this project was to challenge the grey area of risk taking as the structure is based on action and reaction with peripheral and internal engagement from children of all ages. While children climb up the cords, this elevates the opposite side creating a counter-active pendulum. Children are always looking for some excitement, and the idea is to not create something that they will get hurt on, but to let them engage in the organic sense of free play. We incorporated aspects from timeless playground structures such as the swing, the see-saw and climbing structures to really engage the children fully and fulfill that endless desire for our structure.
Design: Manda Roy
Team: Dylan Moffat, Melissa Mellor
The major components of the playground must be made from massive or engineered wood. The structure must create/capture/store/generate kinetic energy that can be used in some creative way. The structure must be captivating (intuitive to engage with) creating a healthy release of human energy that educates students by their individual and collective discoveries/interactions with the structure. The act of doing becomes both a physical and philosophical place to learn and discover new things.
Individual reactions of arc swinging movements will manipulate the overall structure - as more kids play, the structure becomes more dynamic