THE CROOKED HOUSES
Copenhagen, Denmark - 2006
Brumleby is an old residential area in Copenhagen, which has a very characteristic look of yellow and white lime paint. Back in the days in 1800-something, when Brumleby was located in the countryside, there were a dairy and a butcher in Brumleby. The idea of the playground is to create a small piece of these old buildings to remind us of its fantastic history. To add a different take on the houses and literally twist the traditionel look of the buildings, the shape of the houses was stretched and squeezed as if they were bursting with energy and laughter.
The playground is a good example of how MONSTRUM aim to create playgrounds for both kids and adults. The design is fun for kids to play in and inspires them to move and use their imagination, but it also adds identity and architectural value to the neighborhood.
The houses are designed as a dairy and a butcher where the kids can play and trade goods.
Two of the houses are connected by a suspension bridge which is wobbly with movement. It adds to the overall energetic and playfulness of the playground.
The houses can be entered by ladders, but the sides of the houses can also be climbed using the climbing knobs.