The Darlington Parklands’ playground is the centre of the new Yarrabilba community, situated approximately 40 kilometres south‐east of Brisbane, Australia. Yarrabilba has been planned as a complete community incorporating residential land with a full range of commercial and employment zones, education facilities (including primary and high schools), a town centre and neighbourhood centres, and a mix of recreational, entertainment, and community uses, connected via an extensive pedestrian and cycle path network. The Darlington Parklands is the neighbourhood’s central park with the playspace as its centrepiece, creating a place for families to gather, socialise, and interact with their children through play.
▼ 位于社区核心地带的游乐场，the Darlington Parklands is the neighbourhood’s central park with the playspace as its centrepiece
The brief called for the provision of a ‘district level play space’ that would be ‘the primary attractor and place making element’ for the precinct during its establishment as a new community. It requested that the play space include elements that would appeal to children of all ages, be inclusive, and include a significant water play area. ASPECT Studios responded to this brief by providing a design that included opportunities for imaginative play, dynamic play, sensory play and nature play, with ample adjacent lawn areas for picnicking and other games.
▼ 为儿童创造出丰富的游乐体验，ASPECT Studios provides the children with a rich gaming experience
The Darlington Parklands’ playground was developed to provide a diverse range of play experiences in a setting that responded to the broader landscape context of the site. The Yarrabilba community is located in the district of Logan, on gently sloping land that is surrounded by a dramatic ridgeline of the Plunkett Conservation Park. Tamborine National Park is also nearby and visible from some parts of the development. The surrounding land is predominantly rural and heavily wooded, providing a densely vegetated outlook for the community. The design of the play space sought to build on this landscape context, providing an environment for play that incorporates topography and utilises local stone to create play elements specific to this site. The play space was also designed with the view to creating an environment that is robust and able to be readily maintained. This influenced the choice of materials and construction detailing as well as the location of plant rooms and water storage tanks.
▼ 引人注目的水景游乐区，a significant water play area
▼游乐场地的设计旨在此景观背景下创建一处游乐环境，充分利用当地石材设计出具有场地特色的游乐元素，the design of the play space sought to build on this landscape context, providing an environment for play that incorporates topography and utilises local stone to create play elements specific to this site
▼ 孩子在水中玩耍，children playing in the water area
▼ 水景游乐区的精致的细部处理，detail of the water play area
Since its installation, the play space has provided a place of active socialisation – with families travelling long distances to spend the day at the parklands. The strategy of public realm led community building by ‘building in’ the public realm and play space upfront is already creating a sense of place and community.
▼ 游乐场地成为人们积极主动交流的场所，the play space has provided a place of active socialisation
Project title: Darlington Parklands, Yarrabilba
Landscape Architect & Lead Consultant for the playground: ASPECT Studios
Consultant Team: Leisure Engineering, LAT 27° Consulting Coordination, KN Group,
JJ van der Boor and Associates
Location: Yarrabilba, QLD, Australia
Budget: $1.8 million (AUS)
Area Size: 4,208 sqm
Photography: Simon Wood