Recycled Wind Turbine Blades Make This Dutch Playground Fun

© 2012Architecten

Windmills have been around since the times of the ancient Greeks; but nowadays, the country that's probably most associated with them is the Netherlands (apparently, windmills helped drain its low-lying lands). Rotterdam-based architectural firm 2012Architecten took this playful association further in doing this neat renovation of a derelict playground, using recycled wind turbine parts.

© 2012Architecten
© 2012Architecten

Done for the “Kinderparadijs Meidoorn,” a local children's artistic center, 2012Architecten redesigned the 1,200 sq. meter "Wikado" playground to include a series of four towers, a maze-like space and central courtyard using five discarded turbine rotor blades.

© 2012Architecten
© 2012Architecten

According to the designers and Landezine, the existing playground had been in bad shape, and the idea was to give the center's outdoor play area a makeover using recycled materials.

Each recycled rotor blade is cut up or erected to have its own function or character: there's a slide tower, a watchtower and so on; between the four towers hangs a climbing net, which also serves to catch wayward balls from being thrown into neighbouring gardens.

© 2012Architecten
© 2012Architecten
© 2012Architecten

With old windmills and modern wind turbines still very much a part of the Dutch landscape, this colourful playground takes a historical piece of the Dutch identity and deftly integrates it into the city. More information over at 2012Architecten.

Tags: Netherlands | Recycled Building Materials | Recycling

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