The Beating Heart in the City of Colour
The world’s first playground was put into a bleak industrial city, to revitalize it, to encourage the workers to stay. In the brand new and colourful city of Aura, the playground was built first, to entice people in. Aura is the first Australian city to be designed and constructed to the world’s highest environmental and sustainability standards, this is mirrored in the centerpiece of the KOMPAN playground that was part of the first phase. When it was first installed, each weekend it drew in thousands of would-be settlers helping them to make up their minds and become citizens. The playground’s theme was inspired by nature and then ignited by design to fit into Aura’s maxim, City of Colour.
Designed to WOW
Like KOMPAN itself, the Aura playground was born out of observation. The activities and environment are designed to recreate the thrill and fun of climbing in and out of impressive hollow tree stumps (but without the bugs!). The design is very unique. The Sky walk, fast slides, climbing net and balance rope is the powerful blend that pushes fear and thrill up to, but not beyond, the boundaries of safety.
They love the rope walks. I think it's the fear factor because it’s up so high – that’s the fun factor.
Design Principal, Place Design Group
Queensland, Aura 4551, Australia
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