Vondel Park, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Vondelpark is “the” true city park of Amsterdam and is highly used by both tourists and inhabitants. Relatively small interventions in public space, like playgrounds, very often have a high impact on the place and surrounding spaces in terms of diversity and intensity of use.
These two playing towers are designed and made for the playground in the Vondelpark at the entrance ‘Amstelveenseweg’. The design is based on the architecture of the adjacent pavilion ‘de Vondeltuin’ (built by Baanders, 1927, Indonesian colonial architectural style).
The footprint of the towers connects two circular existing playgrounds, which were build in the early sixties by the world known Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck. An opening splits the volume into two equal parts to keep a line of sight on the colonial buildings from Baanders. This gave the possibility to make two different playable interiors. One based on platforms where you can reach the lower slide. The other one with a challenging rope circuit leading to a transparent bridge 7 meters high, connecting the big slide.
The architectural review committee ‘Commissie voor Welstand en Monumenten’ of Amsterdam published this design in its 2009 annual report in the selection of assessed plans.
Image Credits: Carve