City playgrounds

  • Size
    under 500 m2
    500 m2 - 1000 m2
    1001 m2 - 1500 m2
    over 1500 m2
    Location
    Kazan
    Leningrad region
    Moscow
    Small cities of Russia
    Yekaterinburg
    Year
    2020
    2019
    2018
    2017
Whispering Stumps playground
Yekaterinburg
2018

Once upon a time the whole world order obeyed the forces of nature and people believed in the spirits of wind, water, mountains, thunder and lightning. This was also true of Scandinavia and Russia. The playground “Stumps” is inspired by both Scandinavian mythology and Russian fairy tales of forest spirits, walking trees, silvans, mysterious swamp inhabitants, and mumiy trolls.

The playground consists of four areas: “Windfall”, - a climbing sector with natural tree trunks and rope nets, an exact reproduction of a real windfall; “Stump clearing”, - the central section of the playground which is reminiscent of a forest meadow covered with snags, stumps, and tree roots; “Sand World”, - inclusive play zone; and “Stones’ Glade”, - a section which imitates the experience of walking along a mountain ridge, designed for our youngest visitors.

The Big Stump is an 8 m high observation tower, with a multilevel climbing labyrinth inside, and three exits – to the slide, to the tunnel, and to the observation tower. The Small Stump is its grandson, 4.5 m high stuffed with climbing systems, climbing walls, and a recreation podium with benches shaped as leaves.

Fairy Tail playground at the residential complex “Symbol”
Moscow
2019

This playground, as well as the residential complex itself are located in a park and were built on the former territory of the factory “Hammer and Sickle”. The kids’ zone, Magic Islands, stretches along the river bank and mimics the flow of the river. Walking paths divide the playground into two sectors, - “Undulating Banks” (1-7 years old), and “Oak Tree” (7-12 years old).

The main landmark of the playground as well as of the whole park is a 7 meter high oak tower with ropes and a twisting slide inside. It is surrounded with trampolines, a nest-swing, climbing system, and a kids early development zone.

The upper level with its climbing tower and swings is for elementary school children. The sandbox in the younger kids’ zone is equipped with an escalator, sand pouring system, balance boards, and very wild stumps. The stumps are spread throughout the terraces and form a jumping path which leads down to the river.

Eagles land
Leningrad region
2020
The construction of Eagle land play space became a first part of the project of public places renovation in Bolshoe Kuziomkino village. The project was carried out in a tight cooperation with local residents. This helped us to find nonstandard decision: a natural playground that will become a place for meetings of the whole village.

The nearest wildlife preserve that is well-known for diversity of birds became a source of inspiration for architects. Some playing elements recall nests.

The playground consists of three areas: - Sand glade for younger kids equipped with a sand pouring system, a sandbox & a slide. - Meadow for elementary school kids with a climbing frame & a nest that symbolizes a house of eagle. - Third section intended for 7-15 years old children is a complex of towers connected with bridges.
Gavrilov Posad
Small cities of Russia
2019
A playground that has shaped the historic center of a XIV century city!

The natural play space constructed by Chekharda in the picturesque central square of the ancient town of Gavrilov Posad, Ivanov Region, has become a favourite meeting point and recreational area for the whole city and is a vivid example of the masterful integration of modern wooden architecture into a historic setting.

A cocoon tower is the central object of the playground. It features Chekharda’s signature woven pattern, has a metal slide attached to it, and is set on two meter high supporting poles. A system of ropes, fixed to the vertical poles, substitute conventional steps, inspiring kids to forge their own path to the top. A climbing complex «Windfall» complements the cocoon-tower and consists of giant, nearly gargantuan, trunks placed over the ground as if they were blown down by the wind.

A cocoon tower, twisted vertical labyrinths, swings, a path of stumps, and a climbing complex «Windfall» are all set against the backdrop of a bell tower, market stalls, and historic settlement of Ivan the Terrible’s reign.

The playground was constructed as part of the Ministry of Construction’s program «Public space improvement of small and historic cities».

Size:
600 sq.m.

Ingredients:
7 pieces of playful equipment, safety surfaces and landscape elements

Playground "Knowledge Path"
Moscow
2017

Residents of this complex wanted their playground to awake associations with a thorny learning path. Walking through which their child could overcome different obstacles, experience a variety of emotions, stop and contemplate for a while, get insight into their own experience, go through ups and downs, and finally reach their goal. That’s how the knowledge path came into being.

Going through it as a child, as well as a grown up, you face various challenges; difficult rope crossings, unstable wooden walkways, and knotty nets, contemplate in a giant hammock, come down to earth from one of the towers. But the real award is offered to those who reach the end, - a magnificent metal slide!

The whole construction is light and elegant. A hanging wooden deck, interrupted with obstacles below and above, varies in its height and width and is fixed to metal supports. Nonlinear, twisted metal arches add still more interest to the path. Reaching for the sky, grand supports bring us back to the historic playgrounds of the early space age.

On The Boulevard
Kazan
2018
This playground is an example of a typical Chekharda playing space set up in the walking area of a suburban neighborhood. 

The playground is linked by pedestrian paths on both sides. Hence it has a distinct transit character. Such a playing space, instead of drawing a child’s attention to a single point , encourages them to engage in a short game that leads them through the playground and further along the boulevard.

That is why the playground consists of three distinct sections and a connecting path: a sand factory, play complex, and climbing area. All playing areas are accessible from both sides of the boulevard.

This playground is rich with elements for developing the fine motor skills of toddlers, as well as attractions for older kids. Metal is used extensively throughout its construction to ensure its resistance to vandalism.

Size:
150 sq.m.

Ingredients: 7 pieces of playful equipment, safety surfaces and landscape elements