One of the best things about our job is the ability to remain connected to our creative side. For many adults, this natural inclination is squelched somewhere between elementary and middle schools. So, what fun it is for architects, engineers and builders who get to focus on designing spaces for children.

Children’s museums are magical examples of spaces designed 100% with children’s well-being in mind. As physical activity levels continue to decline, it’s nice to see play structures integrated into children’s museum spaces. One example of this is the climbing structure in the Volkswagen Museum. The interactive sculpture looks fun, but we have to question how safe or sustainable it is.

Volkswagen museum climbing structure

Volkswagen’s Autostadt museum Playscape. Source: Uwe Walter for Autostadt Wolfsburg via metropolismag.com

We compare that structure with the one in our own Boston Children’s Museum. Designed with flowing curved platforms this vertical maze climbing structure offers a different perspective on safe play structure design, evidenced by the nets and other safety features included in its design.

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Boston-Children’s Museum’s New Balance Climb. Source: takingthekids.com

Another net-enclosed climbing structure is located at the Children’s Discovery Center in Nevada. Similar to Boston’s, the Cloud Climber is surrounded by a net and made from natural materials.

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Children’s Discovery Center in Nevada. Source: Children’s Discovery Center Facebook Page

What are some of your favorite – and safely designed – children’s play structures? We’d love to hear about them or view a link. Interested in designing spaces for children? Contact LS&A Architecture and Interiors.