Through various activities conducted at the Karel Destovnik Kajuh Elementary School as part of the RE:PLAY project, it became evident that students primarily miss and desire spaces and equipment for spending time outdoors, even when they are not engaging in sports activities. Activities such as reading, chatting, doing homework, or simply sitting and observing other children and nature served as inspiration for the development of this multifunctional equipment. Students actively participated in shaping this element by clearly articulating their wishes and contributing creative suggestions.
Our final proposal involved the development of a versatile element that is easy to implement and replicate, vandal-resistant, while also paying homage to the modernist heritage evident in the school’s architecture and outdoor layout. We utilized large concrete drainage pipes with diameters ranging from 60 to 120 cm as the basis for the structure, enhancing their usability and aesthetic appeal with wooden cladding. Using prefabricated concrete pipes offers numerous advantages; it allows for straightforward replication, reduces production costs, eliminates the need for foundations (thus minimizing the risk of damaging tree roots), and takes vandalism into account. The weight of the pipes themselves also prevents theft and equipment displacement.
We eagerly anticipate the fall when all students will be able to enjoy the new equipment!