Continents of the World

  • The design for this new playground grew out of extensive consultation with the pupils, teachers and parents. All groups considered the cultural diversity at the school as their outstanding asset. In close cooperation with the school a design based around the continents of the world developed.
The design for this new playground grew out of extensive consultation with the pupils, teachers and parents. All groups considered the cultural diversity at the school as their outstanding asset. In close cooperation with the school a design based around the continents of the world developed.

At the centre of the design is the new ‘Heart’, an undulated landscape of hills and rivers reflecting Scotland. It allows children to run, roll, slide, jump to their liking without prescribing specific activities.

Within the areas of the continents sometimes only hints and glimpses are provided allowing the pupils to develop their own stories such as entering Asia through a magical gate. Other areas stimulate and educate the pupils such as the boxes at the front of the school featuring silhouettes of landmarks of each European capital.

All continents have been designed in a way that allows the school to add to the continents, develop educational projects around them and adapt the continents as the pupils change. We are delighted that such an addition by the school has already been taken place. A fantastic mural enhancing ‘Africa’ has been developed and painted by parents and pupils under the direction of the art teacher. A second project, decorating the timber edge around the ‘Australian dessert’ inspired by aboriginal art, is already under way. A guide to the meaning, colour and symbols of aboriginal dot paintings has been provided to the school for guidance.

Category
Education & Play
Client
Flora Stevenson Primary School, Edinburgh (CEC)
Status
Completed Oct 15
Architect Rising Rolls 3 Extension
Scott Brownrigg
Photographs
Leo Friel