Playgrounds grow up: ‘It’s not all the plastic, very engineered play spaces anymore’

Playgrounds grow up: ‘It’s not all the plastic, very engineered play spaces anymore’

The Guardian

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After decades of off-the-shelf design, Australian playgrounds are becoming more sophisticated, more nature-based and more appealing to adults

There is something about the blinding whiteness of Nubo, an indoor play space in Sydney, that feels transgressive. The curved white walls. The white metal hot air balloon suspended above the miniature circular amphitheatre of a library. The light wood stairs winding around to a white climbing frame above a slide to an all-blue ball pit. This is nothing like the playgrounds of my childhood.

“When I was growing up I would be playing on the street with the neighbourhood kids,” says Nubo founder Mollie Li. “We didn’t have fancy facilities to play with. We played with what we had on hand.

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