Strange Shapes for Play (Jul, 1962)
Strange Shapes for Play
Unconventional and modern playground equipment has been developed in Ulm, Germany, by architect Joachim Kimpel. A 10-year study of children’s methods and behavior at play by the architect, a gardener and a psychologist led to the redesigning of recreational equipment for climbing, spinning, balancing and swinging.
Each apparatus took days of study. Scale models were made before the experts decided which of the projects was best suited for the children. The specially designed playground equipment is intended to develop all the child’s physical abilities, particularly his coordination and balance.
Although the modern design stresses function and mechanics, it retains qualities of good form that will readily capture a child’s imagination.