The littlest Greenbank residents are enjoying the custom-designed playground within Everleigh’s $5.1 million parkland precinct complete with event space and walking trails. Urban Play worked with Form Landscape Architects and Mirvac to create a playspace that pays homage to Everleigh’s neighbourly spirit and open spaces. We were lucky enough to catch up with Matt Franzmann, Principal Landscape Architect for Form Landscape Architects about the inspiration for the Everleigh playspace and his thoughts on future playground trends.
1. What was your design inspiration for Everleigh Park?
The design was inspired by a number of influencing factors. These included the contextual setting of the site (surrounding distant mountain landscape), the cultural history (Farming and grazing), and the sites natural landform (Creeks and water bodies). The key design drivers or themes defining the design were the composition of a signature connecting thread, the establishment of a engaging green heart for the development, the concept of an urban to natural transition through the landscape, and the integration of key sustainability initiatives.
2. What is your favourite thing about designing parks or playspaces?
Our favourite part of designing any play space is the challenge of integrating the play elements into a unified landscape while defining some real meaning or connection to the site. Most of all it’s the first time we experience how people engage with the park and play space because ultimately we design these landscapes to enrich people’s lives.
3. What trends can you see evolving in park design in the next five years?
We see a definite trend towards natural play integration into play spaces. There is a real challenge for landscape architects to really explore how the landscape can be integrated with more formalised play equipment and offered as an engaging and cohesive whole. While there is an incredible offering of beautifully designed and fabricated play equipment in the market today placing this equipment in a flat open space in a park is no longer an appropriate design response. The integration of natural landscape elements, creek lines, undulating landform, sculpture, picnic shelters, seating is essential in really defining a unique response to a successful “playscape”.