KINGSWAY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
This project was designed for Kingsway Christian College in collaboration with Bernd Kaiser, a Nature Play expert with more than 30 years experience in the Design and Construction of natural play spaces.
The project made use of some giant granite boulders, donated from an agricultural field in the wheatbelt. The goal was to transform the open grassed space between two classroom blocks into a more interactive area, with intentional play and quiet spaces.
A Watchtower fort constructed from the largest rocks looks out over the playground. To one side a tangle of balancing logs and rope flow down.
In the centre of the project a sandpit crater is partially surrounded by a tall climbable rock edge. Where the sandpit opens up, it flows under a fairy bridge to a creative pocket with carved bowls for collections and mixing up found natural elements.
New trees and native shrubs have been planted throughout the space which will help cool the space and provide shade as they establish. There are a series of talking pipes throughout the project for children to find and communicate through. Cubby building, Log drums, and twirl bars also feature along the western side under the larger existing trees.
The crushed limestone path that weaves through the space allows universal access into the project, but also connects the two classroom blocks. The path will likely be extended to the east to create a welcoming waiting station for parents at end-of-day pick up.