|The Carlton Gardens is one of the premier public open spaces
in the City of Melbourne and home to the new Melbourne Museum and the historic Exhibition
The designers reconciled two competing objectives to provide a contemporary
playground space, which is also respectful to its historic parkland setting, and to
provide children with an environment rich in play opportunities within a landscape that
moved beyond the standard playground format.
The design is loosely based on a traditional labyrinth. A series of linear precast
concrete walled forms are dissected with paths, and punctured with holes, providing a
variety of running, hiding and exploratory experiences.
Amongst the walls, children enter into their own private world and into an area
representing a mysterious challenge. The maze is dedicated to non-prescriptive and
imaginative play. Undulating ground surfaces, seating edges, balancing walls and musical
decks are distributed throughout to heighten discovery.