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Assemble’s Brutalist playground is coming to the Vitra Design Museum

The exhibition runs from this weekend until spring

Navigable sculptures like this one are part of London-based Assemble Studio’s playground designs.
Photos by Alan Bull © RIBA via Designboom

Looking to let your inner child out on a design pilgrimage—or take your design-minded parenting on the road? You’re in luck: Beginning this weekend, the Frank Gehry-designed Vitra Design Museum, in Weil am Rhein, Germany, will have in its possession a Brutalist playground designed by 2015 Turner Prize-winning London studio Assemble and artist Simon Terrill.

The geometric, foam-composite playground was created for the Royal Institute of British Architects’s public gallery using photography of now-demolished ‘60s and ‘70s-era Brutalist playground designs around London, images of which were pulled from the RIBA archives.

Assemble’s work made the rounds on the internet in 2015, when its debut caught the attention of design folks for its simplicity, Brutalist inspiration, and funky hues in a world of ever more stiflingly safe, primary-colored jungle gyms for kids.

When Curbed spoke with Assemble in June of 2015, member Jane Hall told our reporter that “the original structures were built during a time when architects were hopeful and ambitious, rebuilding and remaking the world after the war. They represent an optimism and a time when concrete was being used in really experimental ways.”

The Vitra exhibition, entitled “The Brutalist Playground,” will run from Saturday, January 14 to Sunday, April 30, 2017 and will also incorporate black-and-white photographs of the long-gone playgrounds as backdrops for the contemporary versions. Looks fun!

Via: Designboom