Carve reinvigorate a Van Eyck paddling pool as a magnet for city kids

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In the 1950s, 60s and 70s almost all Amsterdam city parks, including Oosterpark, have had playful additions designed by the famous Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck. Employed by the Municipality of Amsterdam, Van Eyck designed more than 700 public play zones between 1947 and 1978. They illustrate his vision on the use of a city, in which play zones become a present architectonically interesting urban element, that brings together young and old. Especially Van Eyck’s paddling pools function as true magnets for children during summertime, and his climbing igloos have become an intrinsic part of the youth of Amsterdam city kids generations.

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Carve creates challenging roller-coaster playground

The Oosterpark, built in 1891, is part of the Amsterdam 19th century extension girdle, and is the first large public park that was realised by the municipality. Landscape architect Leonard Springer designed a classic English landscape style city park with monumental trees, meandering lines and a large water pond. Traditionally, the Oosterpark has been flanked by public functions like the Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen, university buildings and the Tropenmuseum – monumental buildings that are located in the northern zone but which ‘turn their back’ towards the park.
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Kavel K | The Hague Netherlands | Carve

‘Kavel K’ is situated on a triangular plot, boxed in by a railway track and a connecting road. It is a skating, sports- and youth facility which attracts a wide range of different user groups. The public space and the building are designed as a unity; the façade and the skate-cradle blend together.

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Projecto de Requalificação das Arribas | Foz do Arelho Portugal | Nádia Schilling
Cliffs and dunes have a enormous ecological sensitivity and are subjected to a natural erosion caused by the sea and wind. Over the years, it has been observed that erosion was largely accelerated by the misuse of these areas. The access to vehicles, the devastation of its autochthonous vegetation, among other factors, led to its gradual destruction and created dangerous conditions that risked the visitor’s safety.

Billie Holiday Park | The Hague Netherlands | Carve
Carve designed an organically shaped playhill with three ‘heads’, which curls around an existing tree like a stretched piece of elastic. Because of this addition the surroundings are redefined, focused on its neighbouring functions like the residential care complex and the houses.

Ecosong Park | Shanghai China | Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects
To improve ecological function onsite, Meyer + Silberberg’s proposal will add an additional 1,000 acres of forest, agroforestry and orchards to connect and diversify the existing tree plantations, creating a continuous network of forest habitat across the site and positioned to extend into Songjiang and adjacent developments.

Billie Holiday Park | The Hague Netherlands | Carve


The Billie Holiday park is situated in Loosduinen, a quiet suburb of The Hague. After a recent renovation of the park, this part seemed to be forgotten; it was an unused, neglected space. However, this changed when a residential-care complex was built. Suddenly, this part became a frontside, which created the possibility to transform this place into an attractive park zone, too. The community board organised a participation process, mapping the wishes of the local residents. Renovating the soccer field and guarding off the biking path were important starting points, just like improving the spatial structure of the park. By arranging all new functions in one binding element, the surrounding space is reorganised, too.

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