Atelier Scale has created The Folds, a small community playground in Changzhou, China, as a place for children to explore in a more tactile and less regulated way than usual.

The studio deliberately minimised the use of playground equipment to allow children to play with the folded shapes of the place itself.

Atelier Scale在中國常州創建了一個小型社區遊樂場The Folds,讓孩子們可以以比以往更多的觸覺和更少的管制方式進行探索。


“We believe that the folding landform can encourage children to perceive the space with their hands and feet,” Atelier Scale founding partner Huicheng Zhong told Dezeen.

“Children can run, climb, play hide and seek, and decide how to have fun by themselves. We hope that this space will not be bound by function or program, with less purpose and more instinct.”

Atelier Scale的創始合夥人鍾慧成對Dezeen表示:“我們相信,這種可折疊的地形可以鼓勵兒童用手和腳感知空間。”


The Folds has been shortlisted for the Dezeen Awards 2020 in the landscape project category.

The shape of the playground, which features plenty of hiding spaces and nooks as well as a separate seating area with a fountain, was inspired by the movement of water.

“An abstract field of wave is the initial idea for the folding landform,” Zhong said. This was partly developed due to time constraints, as the studio was only given one month to construct the playground.

The Folds已入圍2020年Dezeen獎的景觀項目類別。


鐘說:“波浪的抽象領域是折疊地形的最初想法。” 這是由於時間限製而部分開發的,因為僅給工作室一個月的時間來建造遊樂場。

“We came up with a simple design strategy – a repetitive pattern of folding gesture, which not only makes material fabrication and arrangement much easier and cheaper but also makes construction more predictable and controllable,” Zhong explained.

“The modular approach didn’t restrict the creativity of the design, we have developed interesting variations based on the folding modules.”



Atelier Scale used plastic timber in a light wood colour for the folding decks to create a “warm and safe” atmosphere.

“Plastic timber is a material that looks almost like wood, but with longer duration than normal wood material, with a similar price,” Zhong said.

Atelier Scale在折疊甲板上使用了淺木色的塑料木材,以營造“溫暖安全”的氛圍。


Metal safety fences and edges were painted a bright yellow hue.

The Folds, which is located in the corner of the central public space of a mega residential development, has already been turned into a number of different play spaces by local children.



“The spaces were explored by the kids with their own sense and motivation,” Zhong said. “The neutral spaces were observed as a cave, a valley, a slide, and a house, by different children.”

Atelier Scale is a landscape architecture studio based in Los Angeles.

Other contenders for the Dezeen Awards 2020 in the landscape project category include the undulating public square Karen Blixens Plads and Snøhetta’s cantilevered viewing platform in Austria.

鐘說:“孩子們以自己的感覺和動力探索了這些空間。” “中立的空間被不同的孩子觀察為洞穴,山谷,滑梯和房屋。”

Atelier Scale是一家位於洛杉磯的景觀設計工作室。

2020年Dezeen獎景觀項目類別的其他競爭者包括起伏不定的公共廣場Karen Blixens Plads和奧地利的Snøhetta懸臂觀景台。



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