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The Brutalist Playground Doesn't Sound Fun, But These Kids Seem To Dig It

(Image by Alun Bull)

Brutalism and playgrounds don't sound like they would go well together, but judging by the way these kids look as they play on this Brutalist-inspired playground equipment they can't tell the difference.

(Image by Alun Bull)

Architectural collective ASSEMBLE installed their recreation of post-war play structures "The Brutalist Playground" at the Vitra Design Museum, but instead of concrete and steel they used reconstituted foam.

(Image by Alun Bull)

ASSEMBLE's "The Brutalist Playground" is inspired by the Brutalist architecture movement, which flourished from the 50s to the 70s:

originating in britain shortly after the second world war, brutalist architecture brought about a range of expressive structures made with raw materials and an uncompromisingly rugged aesthetic. across the country, architects constructed a number of large concrete residential buildings, some of which featured unconventional recreational areas for children.

the concrete and steel structures have been recast in reconstituted foam, allowing the objects’ formal characteristics to be viewed separately from their materiality. the interactive presentation of the playground allows visitors to explore the original spatial concepts of brutalism.

(Image by John Donat)

-Via designboom


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