• The World Park

    In the playful landscapes of The World Park in Oslo, art functions as a vehicle for discovery, play, and social interaction for both children and adults. At the park’s heart is the playground where sculptural ferro-cement frames by Danish artist Hans Henrik Øhlers invites visitors to climb and explore. The park also contains a range of spaces and activities for all-year use, including facilities for barbequing, parkour, and sledding.

    • Location:
      • Oslo, Norway
    • Area:
      • 5,500 m2
    • Year:
      • 2016
    • Client:
      • Oslo Municipality
    • Status:
    • Team:
      • Artist Hans Henrik Øhlers
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  • On the northeastern outskirts of Oslo, Furuset is a residential community where more than half of all residents hail from outside Norway. The park’s name pays tribute to the 140 nationalities that call this neighborhood home. The World Park creates a meeting point for children and families in the community and a celebration of the neighborhood’s diversity.

    The playground is divided into three zones with varied play structures including swings, slides, hammocks, and amorphous climbing sculptures. With a mix of lush landscapes and tactile hardscapes, the playground creates a stimulating background for interaction to take place.

  • The park sits on a former agricultural site and uses recycled and local materials to create an engaging landscape. Over 2,000 m3 of local clay was used to form the terrain of hills and ravines of the play area. The area is protected from flooding by the 320 m2 rain bed that drain surface water and blossom into a sea of green perennials and grasses.  In addition, recycled paving stones and flood protection blocks were used through the playground.

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