new adventure in the making! - New adventure in the making! It was a pleasure to work on a playground just... - tags: awards -
Tophane Park Playground - site conditions Galata port is an urban redevelopment project taking place in... - tags: -
Carve zoekt projectleider ontwerp! - “Spelen in de breedste zin van het woord is onze drijfveer.” Carve zoekt... - tags: skate -
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Archdaily's Building of the Year 2023 awards - ‘3 Carve projects nominated!’ - tags: awards -
about Carve - Carve is a design and engineering studio that specializes in creating public... - tags: -
Lars Hendrickx - ‘technical designer’ - tags: -
playful and iconic - The entrance may seem obvious, but inside many surprises can be found. A... - tags: progress -
25 years Carve! - It's about time we are sharing this! Carve is 25 years and in just 3 months we... - tags: -
team - ‘from product design to landscape design’ - tags: -
crystal boxes at London East Village - The 3D play crystals are finally taking shape at London East Village, and we... - tags: progress -
(untitled) - ‘1 of 20 contemporary projects to explore in Istanbul’ - tags: awards -
publications 2022 - Archined, online Speelslinger... - tags: -
contact - carve NL - Carve Kortenaerplein 34 1057 NE Amsterdam t +31 (0)20 427 57 11 f +31... - tags: -
"Sport City" lecture - Today our colleague Gaia Glereani is participating as a speaker to the 1st... - tags: -
Roosendaal play space - ‘scaled-down vertical city’ - tags: timber, play, shopping mall -
Toolenburg skate and sport park - ‘embraced by local community’ - tags: -
Playful and iconic - One more playful and iconic project in progress! In 2021 Carve has designed an... - tags: progress -
playable argyle volumes - The 29 three-dimensional argyle volumes are currently waiting in line to be... - tags: progress -
Cannock playground - ‘A playful transition from nature to retail and back ’ - tags: timber, universal design, play, shopping mall, heritage -
SG Mark 2022 winner - Carve's Alkaff Courtview project in Singapore is an award winner of the... - tags: awards -
"Vertical city" in progress - Something fun is coming up in Roosendaal very soon! - tags: progress -
Lecture in Singapore "Who owns the playground?" - Carve was invited by Playpoint to lecture in Singapore last week. Carve’s... - tags: -
Who owns the playground? - Are playgrounds really build for our children... or are other forces at... - tags: -
publications 2021 - Stadswerk magazine #02, 2021 L'aljub playground p17+24 Landscape... - tags: -
Squares: Phenomenologies of the unexpected - Our project Van Beuningenplein is being part of the exhibition "Piazze:... - tags: -
Steigerpark Rotterdam - ‘Steigerpark’s trees are vividly growing and greening a new part of Rotterdam: the harbour. ’ - tags: park -
"Vertical city" in progress - Carve's new 'vertical city' -for kids and not only- is growing fast and almost... - tags: progress -
internship - Carve has internships in the field of civil engineering, architecture or... - tags: -
"Vertical city" in progress - Roosendaal playground is on the anvil! has designed unique... - tags: progress -
Michael Schoner - ‘architect’ - tags: -
Skimboarding Oosterpark - How about exploring Amsterdam on a skimboard this summer? Carve’s... - tags: water, sculpture -
experiencing history through play - ‘If these wall could talk, what stories would they tell?’ - tags: heritage -
Explorit play tower - ‘turning science into great fun’ - tags: steel, play, museum -
Zuiderzeemuseum - Zuiderzee Museum Located between the historic center of Enkhuizen and the... - tags: water, play, museum, heritage -
Serravalle Designer Outlet, Indoor Creche - ‘from landscape pattern to vertical wall’ - tags: indoor, play, shopping mall -
small selection of realised projects in Asia - A selection of small scale playgrounds designed by Carve for Playpoint Asia,... - tags: urban, sculpture, play -
Rotterdam floating park trees - The Rotterdam floating park is really coming alive: a selection of multi... - tags: park -
Greenbrick - ‘patented brick’ - tags: urban -
Parque Una Pelotas, Brazil - ‘ A bespoke neighbourhood designed for people’ - tags: park, water, sport, urban, play -
(untitled) - ‘lively and iconic playground’ - realization: Parc de la Senne playground
tags: park, steel, urban, unbuilt, play -
Parc de la Senne, Brussels - ‘Urban parcours’ - tags: concrete, sport, urban -
(untitled) - ‘origami-inspired play structure’ - realization: 3G Park play structure
tags: steel, urban, play -
A new way to experience Rotterdam is in the making! - A new way to experience Rotterdam is in the making! This video shows how the... - tags: park, water, urban -
Lecture series "Hummelflug" (Bumblebee Flight) Trilogy - Join the conversation! 18.11.21 at 20.00. 
 At the intersection of city,... - tags: -
Play sculpture at Singapore's Changi airport - ‘Three-dimensional maze’ - tags: steel, indoor, sculpture, play -
ArCloud Gamil - ‘A play and community plaza for Hanam Gamil Shopping Mall, Seoul’ - tags: water, steel, urban, play, shopping mall, square -
prizes and nominations 2002 - 2021 - 1st prize - CITY’SCAPE CITY_BRAND&TOURISM LANDSCAPE AWARD within the category... - tags: awards -
Design Outlet Cheshire Oaks - ‘three interconnected play towers’ - tags: steel, play, shopping mall -
Waterobject Sint Wilbertsplein - ‘inspired by the Peelrandbreuk’ - tags: water, urban, sculpture, square -
small selection of realised projects in Asia - Over the past years realised various projects with our trusted partner... - tags: play -
Ingolstadt park - ‘rediscovery of open space’ - tags: park, unbuilt, play -
48 metres long pedestrians bridge Rijnhaven - ‘realisation of the first part of the bridge’ - tags: steel, urban, bridge -
SOUND WAVES - ‘NML Waterfront competition’ - tags: competition -
1st prize in the International City’Scape Award 2021 - ‘"City Play" category’ - tags: awards -
“CITY ‘SCAPE: CITY_BRAND&TOURISM LANDSCAPE” - Digital International Symposium & Award “CITY ‘SCAPE: CITY_BRAND&TOURISM... - tags: -
participation workshop - Hoofddorp - In the beginning of June we had a nice participation morning in Hoofddorp with... - tags: participation -
Bakel "educational" water object - The small Dutch village of Bakel is sitting on the Peelrandbreuk, a... - tags: sculpture, progress -
Serravalle Designer Outlet - ‘sized down colourful village’ - realization: 2021
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Steigerpark Rotterdam - bridges - ‘construction has begun!’ - tags: steel, bridge, progress -
Cannock playscape - Located in a wonderful heritage setting in the UK, has designed this... - tags: progress -
L'Aljub Playground Elche, Spain - ‘Gordian knot ’ - tags: steel, indoor, sculpture, play, shopping mall -
Cheshire Oaks - ‘the unpacking of something spectacular’ - tags: progress -
team 2020 - ‘corona-proof teamphoto’ - tags: -
publications 2020 - ELLE decor ITALIA, Best Of Design 2020, p 50 Marmara Forum, Istanbul... - tags: -
a colourful sneak peek - Bright colours. Steps going up. Steps going down. Hide and seek. Running from... - tags: progress -
a small selection of projects from Singapore - In recent years, Carve has designed and developed many bespoke projects for... - tags: steel, urban, play -
L'Aljub shopping centre (Elche, Spain) - ‘work in progress’ - tags: progress -
Melis stokepark publication - ‘Carve contributed’ - tags: -
Steigerpark Rotterdam - ‘floating citypark’ - tags: park, concrete, water, urban -
Jewel SG Mark 2020 winner - ‘mirror-finish playscape’ - tags: awards -
leisure facility in Seoul - ‘inspiring collaboration’ - tags: park, water, urban, unbuilt, competition -
Cannock Chase Heritage trail - ‘playground in developing’ - tags: progress -
LILA award 2020 - ‘Carve shortlisted’ - tags: awards -
cloud playground - ‘iconic landmarks’ - realization: 2020
client: Playdium / Multi
copyright: photo: Asli Dayioglu
tags: steel, urban, sculpture, play, shopping mall -
Susanna Vissani - ‘architect’ - tags: -
Marmara Forum - ‘A fantastic playcloud structure’ - tags: progress -
Marmara Forum, Istanbul - ‘playing in the clouds ’ - tags: progress -
DAM Symposium on playgrounds and landscape design - Play-scape: Meeting place. Moving space. Free space Contemporary projects in... - tags: -
publications 2019 - pi • December 2019- January 2020 #6, volume 30, p 80-81 - Glinsterend juweel... - tags: -
Alma's play rings - ‘Contruction sneak peek of the 4 rings for Alma’ - realization: 2019
client: CBRE
copyright: Photos Proludic
tags: steel, indoor, sculpture, play, shopping mall -
2019 Symposium on Design and Planning of Kindergarten & Early Learning Facilities - When in Hangzhou on November 29-30, please join us at the 2019 Symposium on... - tags: -
Wilco Spruijt - ‘technical designer’ - tags: -
Pisa Growing Green, international conference - Lecture: City Play: the playing city, November 15th 2019, Arsenals of... - tags: urban -
Award of Excellence & Gold Award for The Discovery Slides - The Discovery Slides at Jewel Changi Airport was granted the Award of... - tags: awards -
De Nieuwe Banne 4 - Superwijk' - ‘childrens workshop public space’ - tags: participation -
Haags Hopje - For the municipality of The Hague, Carve designed a 'Haags Hopje' (referring to... - tags: progress -
The Discovery Slides - ‘bling bling’ - realization: 2019
client: Jewel Changi Airport
copyright: Carve
tags: steel, competition, indoor, sculpture, play -
alma shopping mall - coimbra - ‘playing in loops’ - tags: progress -
City garden Zoetermeer - ‘Liveliness versus quiet, a Silent Park and a 'City Garden'’ - tags: park, water, square -
Houtzagerij - ‘Open and transparent’ - realization: 2016
client: municipality of The Hague
copyright: All content on this website (text, images, design) are subject to copyright.
tags: sport, timber, participation, urban, play -
1 Kai Yuen Street, Hong Kong - Carve was asked by New World Development to design two play spaces for Fleur... - realization: 2015-2018
client: New World Development, Hong Kong
tags: urban, indoor, sculpture, play -
LAE #5 - ‘Be-Mine published’ - tags: -
Publications 2018 - Landscape Architecture Europe #5 be-Mine Beringen, Carve/OMGEVING p. 30, 112,... - tags: -
Conference: Children and the City - Playspaces (Prague, Czech Republic) - October 25 – 26, 2018 CAMP / Center for Architecture and Metropolitan... - tags: -
BDAMS #18: Playful Active Urban Living - ‘How to design the public space to stimulate play and movement’ - tags: -
Clear Water Bay Road, Hong Kong - Just half an hour drive from the busy city centre of Hong Kong, the Clearwater... - realization: Summer 2017
client: New World Development, Hong Kong
copyright: All content on this website (text, images, design) are subject to copyright.
tags: park, water, urban, indoor, play -
Frederik Hendrikplantsoen - The Fredrik Hendrikplantsoen is situated west of the city center of Amsterdam,... - realization: 2012-2015
client: Municipality of Amsterdam
copyright: All content on this website (text, images, design) are subject to copyright.
tags: park, timber, play -
Urban Playspaces Conference 21-22 September 2018, Istanbul - ‘See the city through the eyes of its youngest citizens. ’ - tags: -
Finalist and Winner The Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize - On June 20th the award ceremony of The Rosa Barba International Landscape... - tags: awards -
International Symposium City Brand & Tourism Landscape; The Landscape as Strategy - ‘original and innovative approach of designing playscapes’ - tags: awards -
BCI Asia Interior Design Award 2018 - Carve has wonThe BCI Asia Interior Design Award for the design of the indoor... - tags: awards -
Dimitra Tsagkalidou - ‘architect engineer’ - tags: -
BLOX - playscape - Copenhagen - ‘At ground level the playground, public plazas (...) indicate a welcoming and intriguing complex.’ - copyright:: All content on this website (text, images, design) are subject to copyright.
tags: concrete, sport, urban, wall-holla, play -
winner 2018 singapore good design - ‘good design’ - tags: awards -
Zorlu Center - ‘Imagination and playful temptation’ - realization: 2014
client: Zorlu Yapi Yatirim A.S, Istanbul, Turkey
tags: timber, urban, play, shopping mall -
Changi International Airport, Singapore - ‘Jewel - work in progress’ - tags: progress -
island interventions - ‘famous for its authenticity and tranquility’ - tags: water, participation -
Gaia Glereani - ‘landscape designer’ - tags: -
undisputed craftmanship - In the yearbook Landscape Architecture and Urban Design of The Netherlands... - tags: -
publications 2017 - ‘'recently published projects'’ - tags: -
sicily: landscape in motion - ‘sustainable strategies in the development of meditteranean landscape’ - tags: -
Dublin Conference - ‘A Playful City ’ - tags: -
video clip carve - ‘developing children spaces with humanised approach’ - tags: -
japanese visitors - Last week, members of the Japan Park Facilities Association visited two... - tags: -
playscape duivendrecht - ‘many children play at the same time’ - client: municipality of oudekerk aan de amstel
tags: concrete, urban, play, square -
jewel changi airport - ‘a tourist desination in it's own right’ - tags: progress -
modular play structures in shopping centres - ‘dynamic visual attraction’ - realization: 2015
client: wereldhave
tags: timber, indoor, play, shopping mall -
playgrounds in singapore, malaysia en indonesia - Carve is known in South East Asia not only for its playground designs, but also... - tags: play -
beatrixpark - ‘'an organically shaped sculpture that incorporates various play functions'’ - realization: 01-08-2016
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, concrete, sculpture, play -
play_land - ‘the processual character of the project brought together various professionals and non-professionals to create a new social biotope’ - tags: park, sport, skate, urban, awards -
B-Mine selected for the MIPIM Awards - ‘best urban regenaration project’ - tags: awards -
clear water bay road - ‘crawling bookcase - hong kong indoor project’ - tags: progress -
clear water bay road - ‘special art objects and 'artisanal design' are key in the project’ - tags: progress -
be-mine on 1 - ‘pushing the boundaries in contextual ways’ - tags: awards -
bospark - ‘because of the reflecting effect of the interior the objects seem to float above the ground, when seen from a distance.’ - realization: 2016
client: municipality alphen aan de rijn
tags: park, steel, sculpture, play -
hudson - ‘an informal, layered park with a gradual transition between private and public’ - realization: 2016
client: thunnissen
tags: park, participation, urban, unbuilt, competition -
play landscape be-mine - ‘the design consists of three parts, that create a unity with the mountain and its past: a pole forest as a landmark, an adventurous prismatic play surface on the flank of the mountain and a coal square on the top of the 'terril'’ - realization: 09-09-2016
client: city of beringen
tags: park, concrete, urban, competition, heritage -
oosterpark paddling pool - ‘climbing, running and sliding are united in one sculptural element’ - realization: 01-09-2015
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, water, urban, sculpture, play -
lieflandpark - winner! - ‘most sustainable neighbourhood of utrecht’ - tags: park, participation, urban, unbuilt, competition -
filmcrew from hong kong - ‘short documentary’ - tags: -
installment of little house 'jacob van campen' - ‘the most beautiful house of the street’ - tags: timber, urban -
waterway point - installation of lily trees - ‘eyecatchers on a balcony’ - tags: progress -
adventure mountain under construction - ‘the contours become visible’ - tags: progress -
oosterpark play garland - ‘the common 'colour explosion' is reduced to one long, continuous line’ - realization: 01-02-2016
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, timber, steel, urban, play -
oosterpark play garland opened - ‘subtly changing its colour’ - tags: -
houtzagerij in aanbouw - ‘a winding ribbon knits together the sports- and residential area’ - tags: park, participation, urban, progress -
haags hopje - ‘sneak preview’ - tags: timber, progress -
publications 2016 - WLA magazine #28 - Liberty Park p 14 - 21, Beringen be-MINE October... - tags: -
carve member wins prizes - ‘a slow, natural transformation as alternative for demolition’ - tags: -
sneak preview beatrixpark - ‘sculptural playobject takes shape’ - tags: progress -
ark park - inaugurated - ‘pavilion and outside cooking area on the ancient Limes’ - tags: park, concrete, participation, steel, urban -
toddler pool oosterpark open - ‘climbing- and sliding sculpture’ - tags: -
frederik hendrikplantsoen under construction! - ‘the garland curling through the trees’ - tags: progress -
liedekerkepark - winner - ‘a raised wooden pathstructure knits everything together’ - tags: competition -
winner: beringen - ‘adventurous playscape and landmark on an old terril ’ - tags: competition -
Elke Krausmann - ‘landscape architect’ - tags: -
zuiderzeemuseum festively inaugurated - ‘a do-park for children and adults’ - tags: park, concrete, water, timber -
zuiderzeemuseum final works - ‘a spectacular transportation’ - tags: progress -
copenhagen excursion - ‘inspiration from scandinavia’ - tags: -
publications 2015 - Axis Feature: 'Our Park', June 2015, Vol. 175 Potgieterstraat, Van... - tags: -
route - ‘how to get there’ - tags: -
progress zuiderzeemuseum - ‘the transformation of an entry zone’ - tags: park, concrete, water -
lectures - ‘overview of lectures and workshops’ - tags: -
carve in brazil - ‘from European eyes’ - tags: urban -
kortenbos - haags hopje almost ready! - ‘the the keystone of reactivating this part of the park’ - tags: park, concrete, sport, steel, urban -
carve SG - Carve Pte. Ltd. 1 sims lane #06-12 singapore 387355 t +65 6398 1558 f +65... - tags: -
10th chinese garden expo - ‘happy hill’ - tags: park, unbuilt, competition -
amstelmeer school - ‘a village square in the neighbourhood’ - realization: 2014
client: SPIN foundation
tags: sport, timber, participation, urban, school -
playislands amsterdam forest - In May 2014 the renewed Play Islands in the Amsterdam Forest were festively... - realization: 2014
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, water, timber, nature, play -
ready: playislands - ‘floating islands, rope bridges and tree trunks’ - tags: park, water, timber, nature -
laan van spartaan - ‘curling up to more than five meter height’ - realization: 2014
client: municipality of amsterdam
in collaboration with: Dijk&co landschapsarchitectuur
tags: timber, participation, steel, urban, play -
skate inventarisation - ‘qualitative and quantitative spatial inventarisatio’ - realization: 2014
client: municipality of the hague
tags: skate -
lecture craftsmanship - On the 21st of March, Elger Blitz will give a lecture at Architecture Centre... - tags: -
southpoint buyskade - ‘inviting a new kind of use’ - realization: 2014
client: city of amsterdam
tags: park, concrete, unbuilt -
lot k - ‘designing public space and a building as a unity’ - realization: 2014
client: municipality of the hague
tags: concrete, sport, skate, participation, steel, urban -
freerunning - ‘the sport emerges from an active and innovatie user group’ - realization: 2014
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: concrete, sport, participation, steel, urban -
gardens by the bay - ‘two playtrees’ - tags: park, steel, play -
publications 2014 - ‘published projects’ - tags: -
the staircases of strijp-s - ‘thin stairs unfurl like net curtains’ - tags: steel -
urban intervention award - Carve has been selected in two of the three categories of the Urban... - tags: urban -
interlace - ‘to play is to learn from mimicking eachother’ - realization: 2013
client: playpoint
tags: steel, urban, play -
zorlu center - under construction - ‘panoramaview on the bosphorus’ - tags: park, concrete, timber, steel, urban -
strijp-S - ‘thin stairs unfurl like net curtains’ - realization: 2013
client: DNC vastgoed
in collaboration with: Deltavormgroep, Har Hollands, Piet Oudolf
tags: steel, urban, heritage -
ILAM lecture - End of June, Elger Blitz gave a lecture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he... - tags: -
lucas community - ‘creating a toolbox’ - realization: 2013
client: urbaniahoeve
in collaboration with:: urbaniahoeve
tags: park, timber, participation, urban -
urban agriculture - ‘the pergola of woven metal poles is overgrown with Wisteria’ - tags: park, timber, participation, steel, urban -
billie holiday - ‘the edges of the object continuously transform’ - realization: 2013
client: municipality of the hague
tags: park, concrete, universal design, play -
osdorp oever - ‘the structure is placed between the trees’ - realization: 2013
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, steel, urban, play -
osdorp oever - almost ready - ‘minimal interventions at ground level’ - tags: progress -
exhibition in slovakia - Quality of landscape architecture in Slovakia is, according to the curators of... - tags: -
lot k – start of construction - ‘the furniture is ready already’ - tags: steel, urban -
red fence square - ‘aiming at age group 12+’ - realization: 2013
client: municipality of the hague
tags: concrete, sport, steel, urban, universal design -
wellington new zealand - ‘an exhibition of play furniture, playscapes and play-objects’ - tags: -
publications 2013 - ‘published projects’ - tags: -
entrance area amsterdam forest - ‘a worthy entrance’ - realization: 2012
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, unbuilt -
tree tower - Finally, the tree tower is being installes at the ecological playground in the... - tags: -
garden of the north - ‘a source, a 'polder' and a valley’ - realization: 2012
client: municipality of leiden
tags: park, concrete, water, skate, urban -
entree G - Viaducts are known for their dark, dodgy passages. Spaces you would prefer to... - realization: 2012
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: sport, urban -
root down & reach up - ‘three sculptural trees’ - tags: park, participation, urban, unbuilt, competition -
nature playground sloterplas - ‘floating platforms, tree trunks and a cable ferrie’ - realization: 2012
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, water, timber, nature -
talent campus venlo - ‘a fluid communication and exchange’ - realization: 2012
client: municipality of venlo
tags: sport, timber, urban, school -
goeverneurplein - ‘urban renewal area’ - realization: 2012
client: municipality of dordrecht
tags: concrete, sport, participation, urban -
lelycities - ‘prishtina, skopje, liverpool, marseille and bilbao’ - tags: urban -
nytt djervt frekt - New, challenging, courageous. Under this title, on 23 and 24 March, the trade... - tags: -
safety grass - Showroom MAMA has asked carve to participate in the Designers Against Aids... - tags: -
daalmeer - ‘a green continuous line spatially connects all elements’ - realization: 2012
client: municipality of alkmaar
tags: park, concrete, skate, urban -
publication 2012 - ‘published projects’ - tags: -
dreamhamar - On invitation of Ecosistema Urbano, Carve is contributing with an on-site... - tags: -
zuiderzee museum - The former artificial island at the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen will be... - tags: -
bijlmerpark - ‘the esplanade embraces different elements’ - realization: 2011
client: municipality of amsterdam
in samenwerking met:: marie-laure hoedemakers
tags: park, water, sport, skate, participation, steel, urban -
blokhoeve - ‘two worlds are united in one object’ - realization: 2011
client: municipality of nieuwegein
in collaboration with: Dijk&co landschapsarchitectuur
tags: park, concrete, sport, skate, timber -
het kompas - ‘comprehensive, social and motor skills’ - realization: 2011
client: municipality of haarlemmermeer
tags: sport, timber, universal design, school -
child friendly cities - Every five years the Association of Netherlands Municipalities nominates five... - tags: -
lectures Singapore - Invited by Playpoint Singapore, Elger Blitz has given several lectures in... - tags: -
publication 2011 - ‘published projects’ - tags: -
Marleen Beek - ‘urban designer’ - tags: -
what's up, what's down - ‘cultural catalysts in urban space’ - tags: urban -
velodroom - ‘sculptural skatepark attracting skaters from all over Europe’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of oostende
in collaboration with: technum
tags: park, concrete, sport, skate, urban -
vondelpark canopywalk - ‘in summer, the walkway is almost invisible between the leafy trees’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, timber, nature, play -
vondeltowers - ‘an opening splits the volume into two equal parts’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, timber, play -
potgieterstraat - ‘an anchor for neighbourhood interaction’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: water, urban, play, square -
melis stokepark - ‘playing together doesn't mean playing next to each other’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of the hague
prizes: child- and family friendly Initiatives prize 2011
tags: park, timber, urban, universal design, play -
van campenvaart - ‘a playground where the difference in play between children with and without disabilities is eliminated’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of the hague
prizes: child- and family friendly Initiatives Prize 2011
tags: park, urban, universal design -
kwadrantpark - ‘the distinction between able and disabled children is reduced’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of haarlemmermeer
in collaboration with: marie-laure hoedemakers
tags: park, sport, skate, universal design -
van beuningenplein - ‘regained its position as important link and meeting place in the district’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of amsterdam
in collaboration with: Dijk&co landschapsarchitectuur and concrete
tags: concrete, water, sport, skate, steel, urban, universal design -
meerpark - ‘a collectively used sport-park’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, water, play -
poeloever - - realization: 2010
client: municipality
tags: park, nature, play -
bankras - ‘star-shaped sculpture of dark concrete’ - realization: 2009
client: municipality of amstelveen
tags: park, concrete, skate -
a8erna awarded - ‘winner of the routepluim 2008’ - tags: -
beech square - ‘more cosy at the same time’ - realization: 2008
client: municipality of the hague
tags: participation, urban, universal design -
Lucas Beukers - ‘product engineer’ - tags: -
architecture prize haarlemmermeer - ‘second place for carve’ - tags: sport, skate, urban -
palace garden - ‘the materials give different tactile sensations’ - realization: 2008
client: municipality of the hague
tags: park, steel, universal design -
columbus square - ‘stimulating community life’ - realization: 2007
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: water, sport, participation, steel, urban, universal design, play -
dunepark - ‘twisted towers, conical masts and ribbed concrete’ - realization: 2007
client: municipality of velsen
tags: park, concrete, water, skate, timber -
vlaskamp - ‘as transparent as possible’ - realization: 2007
client: municipality of the hague
tags: park, timber, play -
wall-holla nominated for design prize - ‘product for the public space’ - tags: wall-holla -
ambon square - ‘a permeable border’ - realization: 2006
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: steel, urban, school, play -
getsewoud north - ‘the banded surfacing of the strip indicates each schools boundary’ - realization: 2006
client: municipality of haarlemmermeer
tags: sport, timber, school, play -
getsewoud south - ‘suitable scale and intimacy for young children’ - realization: 2006
client: municipality of haarlemmermeer
tags: sport, urban, universal design, school, wall-holla -
siboga square - - realization: 2006
client: municipality amsterdam
tags: sport, steel, urban -
wall-holla - ‘a vertical play structure’ - realization: 2003 - present
client: various
tags: steel, urban, wall-holla -
a8erna - ‘skating underneath a viaduct’ - realization: 2005
client: municipality of zaandam
tags: concrete, sport, skate, participation, urban -
Jasper van der Schaaf - ‘industrial product designer’ - tags: -
de ark - ‘a flowing bridge connects the whole zone’ - realization: 2002
client: municipality of heemskerk
tags: timber, steel, urban -
Elger Blitz - ‘senior designer’ - tags: -
Mark van der Eng - ‘civil engineer’ - tags: -

Zorlu Center

The starting point for Carve's design was that we wanted children to be able to completely dive into their own world of imagination: stimulated by otherwordly shapes, colours and an unprecedented play experience. It should be a playground visible from afar, yet a world in its own right. This resulted in a playground that is truly one of a kind: everything, from concept to layout, from play equipment to landscaping, was designed specifically for the Zorlu playground. With this, Zorlu Center offers a unique chance to create a backdrop for unforgettable play experiences.

The playground consists of various zones and changes its look: from low, bright and colourful at the entrance zone it gradually transforms into a more adventurous, high and natural looking play environment. Within this gradient, the playground is divided into different 'worlds', who all have their very own character. While the parents are sitting on the neighbouring terrace or the elongated bench that embraces the playground, children can safely explore the whole playground on their own.

The entrance area is dedicated to young children, with gentle hills to climb on, slide down and explore. On these hills, capricious playshapes host numerous playelements for the smaller children, like trampolines, spinners, climbing nets, hammocks and a slide. The wavy shapes of the hills reflect the shape of the neighbouring waterplayground. In the wooden poles lighting elements are integrated.

Moving towards the heart of the playground, the hills turn into valleys. Here, a hidden world can be explored: a bridge, giant netting structure and a giant family slide, ready to be used by a whole bunch of children at the same time. The site is embraced by a natural landform, keeping children safe in the playarea. The climbing nets and family slide are the eyecatcher of the playground; brightly coloured and visible from afar, this zone stimulates the adventurous and explorative nature of children of all ages.

The deep valleys are embraced by a 'mountain range'. Several rows of walls contain an endless amount of play possibilities, from climbing, running, hiding, sliding and crawling to playing hide and seek and diving into a completely other world, overlooking the rest of the playground. Together these walls act like a giant coulisse, which changes shape depending from one's angle. It is an adventure to play here: a labyrinthic system of tunnels, sliding walls, 'birds nests' and lookout points and narrow alleys. Once you're inside the mountain, there are numerous ways to get up to the highest point. The giant slide from the valley-landscape crawls up the hill, connecting both parts of the playground. In a rollercoasterslide of seconds, you're in the heart of the playground again!

On top of this all, the playground contains two towers from which you can overlook the whole playground. They differ in size and ability level, but are unmistakenly part of one 'family'. Transparent and non-transparent routes offer an endless amount of possibilities to go up! They are made of large stacked cubics cladded with wooden slads. The three storey tower sits on the highest part of the playground and contains a long slide which only can be reached by climbing up the mountain range. The slide dives partly underground, covered by the hill – withing seconds, children can slide down to the heart of the playground. The 'birds nests' that are part of the mountain landscape are also integrated in the towers. They function as hidden lookouts; children can climb in there and hover above the ground. The second, four storey high tower is equally transparent and also has an interior which is focused on climbing, hiding and lounging.

The Zorlu stands out in the way it was planned: in a very short time span, the project was designed, engineered and built. Thanks to all parties involved, the Zorlu Playground surpasses all expectations; it is more colourfull, dense and challenging than one could have imagined. But most importantly, it succeeds in merging two important design themes. First of all it is a playground in which children completely can dive into into an imaginative world, while secondly, seen from the outside and despite its colours and unusual shapes, it merges beautifully with the surrounding landscape.