The good news keeps on coming - the WILD PLAY Garden has received a fourth award in addition to the three already announced, securing the 2018 AILA NSW play spaces award of excellence.
The Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden is a new playspace situated in one of Sydneys oldest and most loved parks. The WILD PLAY garden provides a unique playspace with nature, imagination, measured risk and play all coming together to create an environment in which children can develop an understanding for the natural environment.
It has already received three recent accolades, winning the large scale Playspace award at the parks and leisure Australia's 2018 NSW and ACT Regional Awards of Excellence, the Good Design award for Urban design at the 60th good Design Australia awards, and the international CITY_BRAND & TOURISM LANDSCAPE AWARD: CITY PLAY. It comes as no surprise the WILD PLAY Garden also won over the jury for the 2018 AILA NSW landscape architecture awards.
Inspired by the existing attributes of the site - fig trees and surrounding parklands, ASPECT studios' approach was to create an immersive environment by keeping the design to a simple palette of natural materials and elements. In doing so, children are provided with a platform to explore, experiment, socialise, and learn through play.
The magical garden is full of hidden surprises and opportunities to interact closely with nature. young and old can play with natural elements such as sand, water, sticks, leaves, flowers and pebbles in a series of unique spaces that offer varying degrees of physical challenge. This series of spaces provdes a diverse range of explorative and creative play opportunities, which are not commonly found in urban playgrounds.
The WILD PLAY Garden is a place where children and their carers can spend hours playing and leave feeling like they have been in another world.