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: blue, orange, green, play, shopping mall -
a small selection of projects from Singapore - In recent years, Carve has designed and developed many bespoke projects for... - tags: climbing, steel, urban, indoor, sculpture, play, Singapore -
L'Aljub shopping centre (Elche, Spain) - ‘work in progress’ - tags: climbing, indoor, sculpture, slides, play, shopping mall -
team - ‘from product design to landscape design’ - tags: -
Melis stokepark publication - ‘Carve contributed’ - tags: -
Steigerpark Rotterdam - ‘floating citypark’ - tags: park, concrete, water, timber, urban, green, urban garden -
Jewel SG Mark 2020 winner - ‘mirror-finish playscape’ - tags: sculpture, slides, Jewel, Jewel Changi Airport, play -
leisure facility in Seoul - ‘inspiring collaboration’ - tags: park, water, nature, urban, competition, green, white -
Cannock Chase Heritage trail - ‘playground in developing’ - tags: -
LILA award 2020 - ‘Carve shortlisted’ - tags: -
cloud playground - ‘iconic landmarks’ - realization: 2020
client: Playdium / Multi
copyright: photo: Asli Dayioglu
tags: climbing, steel, urban, white, sculpture -
Susanna Vissani - ‘architect’ - tags: -
Marmara Forum - ‘A fantastic playcloud structure’ - tags: -
Marmara Forum, Istanbul - ‘playing in the clouds ’ - tags: -
DAM Symposium on playgrounds and landscape design - Play-scape: Meeting place. Moving space. Free space Contemporary projects in... - tags: lectures -
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
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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: research, lectures -
wilco spruijt - ‘technical designer’ - tags: -
Pisa Growing Green, international conference - Lecture: City Play: the playing city, November 15th 2019, Arsenals of... - tags: urban, green, lectures -
prizes 2015 - 2018 - The Discovery Slides at Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore Winner Award of... - tags: -
Award of Excellence & Gold Award for The Discovery Slides - The Discovery Slides at Jewel Changi Airport was granted the Award of... - realization: 2019
client: Jewel Changi Airport
tags: steel, slides, sculpture, yellow -
De Nieuwe Banne 4 - Superwijk' - ‘childrens workshop public space’ - tags: participation, research -
Haags Hopje - For the municipality of The Hague, Carve designed a 'Haags Hopje' (referring to... - tags: park, timber, participation, steel, urban -
The Discovery Slides - ‘bling bling’ - realization: 2019
client: Jewel Changi Airport
copyright: Carve
tags: climbing, steel, urban, competition, slides, urban garden -
alma shopping mall - coimbra - ‘playing in loops’ - tags: climbing, steel, indoor -
City garden Zoetermeer - ‘Liveliness versus quiet, a Silent Park and a 'City Garden'’ - tags: -
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, green, urban garden -
Maritt Kuipers - ‘office manager/communication’ - tags: -
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: blue, concrete, climbing, orange, nature, urban, indoor, slides, green, garden -
LAE #5 - ‘Be-Mine published’ - tags: -
Publications 2018 - Landscape Architecture Europe #5 be-Mine Beringen, Carve/OMGEVING p. 30, 112,... - tags: concrete, nature, school, green -
Annelies Bloemendaal - ‘‘landscape architect’ ’ - tags: -
Conference: Children and the City - Playspaces (Prague, Czech Republic) - October 25 – 26, 2018 CAMP / Center for Architecture and Metropolitan... - tags: urban, research, lectures -
BDAMS #18: Playful Active Urban Living - ‘How to design the public space to stimulate play and movement’ - tags: sport, urban, lectures -
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, magenta, nature, indoor, slides, white, urban garden -
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, blue, timber, climbing, nature, green -
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: -
International Symposium City Brand & Tourism Landscape; The Landscape as Strategy - ‘original and innovative approach of designing playscapes’ - tags: -
BCI Asia Interior Design Award 2018 - Carve has wonThe BCI Asia Interior Design Award for her design of the inside... - tags: climbing, indoor, residential -
Dimitra Tsagkalidou - ‘architect engineer’ - tags: -
BLOX - playscape - Copenhagen - ‘At ground level the playground, public plazas (...) indicate a welcoming and intriguing complex.’ - tags: concrete, sport, climbing, urban, wall-holla, slides -
winner 2018 singapore good design - ‘good design’ - tags: park, blue, water, orange, steel, urban, disabled -
office - Carve is a design and engineering bureau that focuses on the planning and... - tags: -
Zorlu Center - ‘Imagination and playful temptation’ - realization: 2014
client: Zorlu Yapi Yatirim A.S, Istanbul, Turkey
tags: blue, magenta, timber, climbing, urban, slides -
Changi International Airport, Singapore - ‘Jewel - work in progress’ - tags: park, slides, green -
island interventions - ‘famous for its authenticity and tranquility’ - tags: park, water, participation, research, unbuilt -
Gaia Glereani - ‘landscape designer’ - tags: -
undisputed craftmanship - In the yearbook Landscape Architecture and Urban Design of The Netherlands... - tags: concrete, climbing, nature, slides -
publications 2017 - ‘'recently published projects'’ - tags: blue, concrete, water, climbing, nature, urban, slides -
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: park, water, climbing, nature -
japanese visitors - Last week, members of the Japan Park Facilities Association visited two... - tags: park, water, timber, climbing, urban -
playscape duivendrecht - ‘many children play at the same time’ - tags: concrete, urban -
jewel changi airport - ‘a tourist desination in it's own right’ - tags: park, water, nature, indoor, slides -
modular play structures in shopping centres - ‘dynamic visual attraction’ - realization: 2015
client: wereldhave
tags: climbing, indoor -
beatrixpark - ‘'an organically shaped sculpture that incorporates various play functions'’ - realization: 01-08-2016
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, urban -
playgrounds in singapore, malaysia en indonesia - Carve is known in South East Asia not only for its playground designs, but also... - tags: park, urban -
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, climbing, urban -
B-Mine selected for the MIPIM Awards - ‘best urban regenaration project’ - tags: park, concrete, climbing, nature, urban, competition -
clear water bay road - ‘crawling bookcase - hong kong indoor project’ - tags: -
clear water bay road - ‘special art objects and 'artisanal design' are key in the project’ - tags: park, water, climbing, nature, steel, urban, disabled -
be-mine on 1 - ‘pushing the boundaries in contextual ways’ - tags: park, concrete, climbing, urban, competition -
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, magenta, climbing, steel -
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, timber, climbing, urban -
oosterpark paddling pool - ‘climbing, running and sliding are united in one sculptural element’ - realization: 01-09-2015
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, water, climbing, urban, disabled -
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: park, blue, concrete, timber, urban -
waterway point - installation of lily trees - ‘eyecatchers on a balcony’ - tags: -
adventure mountain under construction - ‘the contours become visible’ - tags: -
oosterpark play garland - ‘the common 'colour explosion' is reduced to one long, continuous line’ - realization: 01-02-2016
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, magenta, timber, climbing, steel, urban -
oosterpark play garland opened - ‘subtly changing its colour’ - tags: park, blue, magenta, timber, climbing, steel, urban -
houtzagerij in aanbouw - ‘a winding ribbon knits together the sports- and residential area’ - tags: park, sport, timber, climbing, participation, urban -
haags hopje - ‘sneak preview’ - tags: park, concrete, timber, urban -
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: park, unbuilt, competition -
sneak preview beatrixpark - ‘sculptural playobject takes shape’ - tags: park, concrete, sport, climbing -
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: park, water, urban, disabled -
frederik hendrikplantsoen under construction! - ‘the garland curling through the trees’ - tags: -
liedekerkepark - winner - ‘a raised wooden pathstructure knits everything together’ - tags: -
winner: beringen - ‘adventurous playscape and landmark on an old terril ’ - tags: park, concrete, timber, climbing, 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: park, concrete, water, timber -
copenhagen excursion - ‘inspiration from scandinavia’ - tags: research -
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: -
carve NL - Carve Kortenaerplein 34 1057 NE Amsterdam t +31 (0)20 427 57 11 f +31... - 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, climbing, participation, urban, school -
zorlu center - ‘otherwordly shapes, colours and an unprecedented play experience’ - realization: 2014
client: zorlu center
tags: park, concrete, timber, climbing, steel, urban, disabled -
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, climbing, participation -
ready: playislands - ‘floating islands, rope bridges and tree trunks’ - tags: park, water, timber, climbing, nature -
prizes 2002 - 2015 - ‘overview prizes and nominations’ - tags: -
laan van spartaan - ‘curling up to more than five meter height’ - realization: 2014
client: municipality of amsterdam
in collaboration with: Dijk&co landschapsarchitectuur
tags: magenta, timber, climbing, orange, participation, steel, urban -
skate inventarisation - ‘qualitative and quantitative spatial inventarisatio’ - realization: 2014
client: municipality of the hague
tags: skate, research -
lecture craftsmanship - On the 21st of March, Elger Blitz will give a lecture at Architecture Centre... - tags: exposition -
southpoint buyskade - ‘inviting a new kind of use’ - realization: 2014
client: city of amsterdam
tags: park, concrete, climbing, unbuilt -
lot k - ‘designing public space and a building as a unity’ - realization: 2014
client: municipality of the hague
tags: concrete, sport, magenta, 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, climbing, steel -
publications 2014 - ‘published projects’ - tags: -
internship - Carve has internships in the field of civil engineering, architecture or... - tags: -
the staircases of strijp-s - ‘thin stairs unfurl like net curtains’ - tags: blue, steel, urban -
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: park, blue, climbing, steel, urban -
zorlu center - under construction - ‘panoramaview on the bosphorus’ - tags: park, concrete, timber, climbing, steel, urban -
strijp-S - ‘thin stairs unfurl like net curtains’ - realization: 2013
client: DNC vastgoed
in collaboration with: Deltavormgroep, Har Hollands, Piet Oudolf
tags: blue, concrete, steel, urban -
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, blue, concrete, disabled -
osdorp oever - ‘the structure is placed between the trees’ - realization: 2013
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, climbing, orange, steel, urban -
osdorp oever - almost ready - ‘minimal interventions at ground level’ - tags: park, climbing, orange, steel, urban -
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: magenta, steel, urban -
red fence square - ‘aiming at age group 12+’ - realization: 2013
client: municipality of the hague
tags: concrete, sport, steel, urban, disabled, red -
wellington new zealand - ‘an exhibition of play furniture, playscapes and play-objects’ - tags: exposition -
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, nature, urban -
entree G - Viaducts are known for their dark, dodgy passages. Spaces you would prefer to... - realization: 2012
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: sport, magenta, climbing, orange, urban -
root down & reach up - ‘three sculptural trees’ - tags: park, climbing, 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, climbing, nature -
talent campus venlo - ‘a fluid communication and exchange’ - realization: 2012
client: municipality of venlo
tags: sport, timber, climbing, 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, research -
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, magenta, skate, climbing, 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, climbing -
het kompas - ‘comprehensive, social and motor skills’ - realization: 2011
client: municipality of haarlemmermeer
tags: sport, timber, climbing, disabled, 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, research -
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, climbing, nature -
vondeltowers - ‘an opening splits the volume into two equal parts’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, timber, climbing, nature -
potgieterstraat - ‘an anchor for neighbourhood interaction’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: water, participation, urban -
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, blue, timber, climbing, urban, disabled -
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, climbing, urban, disabled, red -
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, disabled -
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: blue, concrete, water, sport, skate, climbing, steel, urban, disabled -
meerpark - ‘a collectively used sport-park’ - realization: 2010
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: park, water, climbing, orange, nature -
poeloever - - realization: 2010
client: municipality
tags: park, nature -
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: climbing, participation, urban, disabled -
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, climbing, steel, disabled -
columbus square - ‘stimulating community life’ - realization: 2007
client: municipality of amsterdam
tags: water, sport, climbing, orange, participation, steel, urban, disabled -
dunepark - ‘twisted towers, conical masts and ribbed concrete’ - realization: 2007
client: municipality of velsen
tags: park, concrete, water, skate, timber, climbing -
vlaskamp - ‘as transparent as possible’ - realization: 2007
client: municipality of the hague
tags: park, timber, climbing, nature -
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: climbing, steel, urban, school -
getsewoud north - ‘the banded surfacing of the strip indicates each schools boundary’ - realization: 2006
client: municipality of haarlemmermeer
tags: sport, timber, climbing, school -
getsewoud south - ‘suitable scale and intimacy for young children’ - realization: 2006
client: municipality of haarlemmermeer
tags: sport, urban, disabled, 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: -

cloud playground

iconic landmarks
Fantastic play cloud structures have arisen in the city of Istanbul. They are the iconic landmarks of a new open air playground on the roof park of Marmara Forum, a shopping centre in the Bakirköy district. The windows of the clouds magically change colours as daylight changes throughout the day. While in silence at the moment, soon the happy sounds of excited children will be covering the site.

new allure
Carve was asked to make a design for the playground on the rooftop terrace of Marmara Forum, 24 metres above street level. The terrace and the food court had been renovated to re-establish the Forum as a prominent shopping centre, and it needed a new playground that matches that allure.

concept
The playground has areas designated to different age groups. Carve aimed at making a connection in the design through both form and experience: the experience of touching the clouds, being about eight storeys above the ground.

high profile and intelligent playground
The given assignment was to design a high profile playground, fitting to the renewed shopping centre. Children should be able to play in the shade if the weather is warm and sunny, and play under a shelter when it’s raining. In commercial areas and terraces often only limited space is available. This conflicts with the high number of children that visit these types of playgrounds, especially during peak hours. For that reason one of the starting points was to think in tall structures with big volumes, fully playable from the inside.

from small to tall
The playground consists of four areas that cater for different age groups: from small to tall there is a toddler space, a climbing dome, a larger ensemble of spheres and a near eight metre tall climbing tower with an internal slide. The interior of the clouds is completely furnished with play elements: children can climb, slide, lounge in a forest of hammocks and experience height from behind a window looking at the city’s skyline or by looking down through the climbing nets.

colours
The white paint of the play clouds was chosen to adapt to the weather changes: it appears bright white on a sunny day and more grey on a rainy day. Often adults tend to think a playground needs to have an abundance of colours, but it is the children that give colour to the playground. The dichroic windows colour the in- and outside of the play clouds and also give extraordinary colours to the world you see through the windows from within. Magical realism experienced by children in real life.

time frame
Typically projects like this one, that are not off-the-shelf designs, take a long time to be designed, engineered and realised. A project is as good as its client. Behind Marmara Forum is a visionary client that knew they wanted something special. It is impressive to see how all parties involved have been working constructively, moving together in the same direction, to make the project come alive. Only in this way it was possible to complete such a project from the first sketches to realisation within a six months time frame.

consideration
Where in the past playgrounds were mostly facilitated by local municipalities, nowadays often commercial parties are the ones to take initiative in this field of (semi)public and freely accessible play spaces. Parties that really dare to offer children something spectacular. The playground of Marmara Forum is a fine example of such an initiative.

technical challenges
There were many technical challenges during the design and engineering process. For example considering the size of in particular the largest eight metre tall construction and the load limits of the existing roof. This issue was creatively solved by designing a self-supporting structure on top of a constructive point, spreading the loads at the same time. The spheres of all of the play clouds together are constructed out of hexagonal and pentagonal panels, 275 different panels in total.

local partners
Local craftsmen produced, assembled and installed the double curved stainless steel panels with incredible precision. The importance of working with local partners but more over stimulating local economy in a globalized world is evident to Carve. Making use of these locally embedded partners and their networks was key to a superb and timely realisation.


head in the clouds
Looking up from street level 24 metres below you can see the sun glitter on the play clouds. At night the clouds, with white light radiating from behind the window frames, are a beacon that can be seen from the surrounding areas of Marmara Forum, making an intriguing spectacle of lights. If it wasn’t for the current lockdown of all playgrounds in Turkey, we bet you that the children of Istanbul would already have occupied this place to get their heads in the clouds.