Stockland’s Birtinya community is located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, overlooking the shores of Lake Kawana and just minutes from the beach and a bustling shopping precinct.
Due to the foreshore environment, material consideration was very important to ensure a low maintenance playspace that would also withstand the corrosive environment.
Aesthetically, stainless steel and architectural elements complimented the Client’s brief from a visual and functional perspective, with a focus on providing adventure play opportunities for older children.
The central play element, the St Louis, is packed with play value, challenging children from 5 – 12 years to test their physical skills and daring. Twin Towers give multiple points of ingress and egress, with an exhilarating tube slide taking a twisting journey down from the 2.8m high sky tower.
With ladders, climbing walls, scramble nets and interactive play panels providing multi-level play, the St Louis system delivers so many play opportunities in a small footprint. The durability of the stainless steel and CGL panelling mean it will be an incredible community asset for years to come.
The playspace also features two adrenaline pumping physical skill tests for adventure seeks – the Air Rider and the Board Rider. Courageous users can have a free-flying experience on the Air Rider, designed to build strength, balance, coordination and agility. Ambitious skaters will love testing their skills on the Board Rider; with its impressive stainless steel frame, riders can compete in a supported way to scale the simulated half pipe.
Inclusive elements abound with the lower level of play under the St Louis and the Inclusive Orbit – an all-abilities carousel that encourages children of all ages and abilities to experience the thrills of high-speed spinning in a socially inclusive way. Areas of interest were also created with embankment play and climbing opportunities that worked to enhance the natural topography of the site.
The Blue and Orange shade sails were designed not only to maximise shade during the hottest parts of the day but to enhance the architectural aesthetic of the playspace. Reflective of the custom designed rubber surfacing below, it creates a strong colour theming and consistency throughout the space.
adventure play, Challenging Play, Extreme Foreshore, Stainless Steel