Adelaide Zoo Nature's Playground
“Connecting children to nature through play, regardless of age or ability”
Royal Zoological Society of South Australia
Wax Design / Ric McConaghy Playspaces
Scope of Work
Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover
Adelaide Zoo is one of South Australia’s most iconic attractions and home to more than 2,500 exotic and native animals. With a passion for interactive visitor experiences, Wax Design, on behalf of the Zoo's management, chose Fleetwood Urban to help create a new play structure to connect children - of all ages and abilities - to nature through safe and unstructured play. Nature’s Playground was the award-winning result.
Fleetwood Urban was involved from start to finish. Using our unique DesignExecute2™ process, our team collaborated seamlessly with all project partners - Adelaide Zoo, WAX Design and Ric McConaghy Playspaces - on a daily basis. Our role included helping to refine the initial designs, creating 3D concepts and shop drawings, recommending appropriate materials (both from a quality and cost perspective) before playing the lead role in construction and installation.
The new play structure was the result of extensive community consultation. This external input provided a rich source of insights and inspiration, with the design team gathering many ideas directly from families and children, particularly around issues of inclusivity – something that continues to have a daily impact on the levels of enjoyment experienced by zoo visitors.
Fleetwood were able to take our ideas and sketches for the custom designed elevated timber play pods and walkways and create practical, buildable and cost effective design solutions that enable all abilities access and the provision of challenging and innovati ...
Amanda Balmer Director
|AILA National Landscape Architecture Award Play Spaces||Adelaide Zoo||2017|
|AILA SA Award of Excellence||Adelaide Zoo||2017|
|AILA SA Tourism Landscape Architecture Award||Adelaide Zoo||2016|
|Civic Trust Bob Such Award for Social Benefit||Adelaide Zoo||2016|
|City of Adelaide Prize Commendation||Adelaide Zoo||2016|