Recycled Wind Turbine Blades Make This Dutch Playground Fun

2012Architecten wikado playground© 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 wikado playground© 2012Architecten

2012Architecten wikado playground© 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 wikado playground© 2012Architecten

2012Architecten wikado playground© 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 wikado playground© 2012Architecten

2012Architecten wikado playground© 2012Architecten

2012Architecten wikado playground© 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.

Recycled Wind Turbine Blades Make This Dutch Playground Fun
Windpower never looked so fun in this renovated playground made out of recycled wind turbine blades.

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