Playing is timeless and timeless. Just look around you and think of the places where you liked to play yourself. Not much has changed over the years. Many iconic play areas are characteristic of play areas with a timeless character, such as the play areas by Aldo van Eyck. For the furnishing of play areas for timeless play fun, we offer a furnishing concept aimed at timeless play, inspired by his design idea.
We still design timeless play areas, with a furnishing concept aimed at timeless play. By not using the geometric center in designs, but by using a focal point elsewhere. Supported by and supplemented with devices from our timeless range. Classic Play (designed by Aldo van Eyck) and Pionier (inspired by his ideas). Ingenious simplicity for timeless fun!
ALDO VAN EYCK; THE DESIRE FOR A PLAYFUL AND INFORMAL SOCIETY
Cities developed rapidly in the 1960s. The city grew busier. There was more and more resistance against the oppression of the available space by, among other things, more cars. One of the people who rebelled against this was architect Aldo van Eyck. In the 1960s he designed various playground equipment for the city of Amsterdam and set up approximately 700 playgrounds. Some of these are still in use and new play areas are also being set up in accordance with his ideas.
OPEN FUNCTION PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
Apparently simple devices with elementary archetypes that challenge children to play and stimulate their imagination. The open function of Aldo van Eyck’s play equipment allows children to move themselves, with all the acrobatics and flexibility they come up with. Making something from nothing. Aldo van Eyck put the child at the center and created space for the child at play, as the connection in the neighbourhood. And to this day, play areas ensure social cohesion in the neighbourhood.
Not much has changed over the years. Many playground equipment is timeless and iconic and can still be seen in the outdoor area decades later. Who did not climb the climbing arch or climbing dome in their youth? Or that metal construction of which you never really knew what it exactly represented, but which you were more than happy to climb on and make up stories around it.
CONNECTION & IMAGINATION
The use of timeless , elementary shapes suits both the urban character of a living environment and the perception of children. Basic shapes stimulate the imagination, evoke all kinds of uses and provide starting points for one’s own imagination. A climbing arch is for one gymnast, for acrobatic arts and for another it is a hill or mountain that is being climbed. And why only play on it when you can also have a meeting under it with your friends or use it as a base for a cabin. A climbing frame does not have to be realistic, but it does have to be real. We like to leave the interpretation of real to the children themselves.
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