Earthartist creates beautiful, fun and innovative natural playgrounds, creative playscapes and outdoor classrooms. Explore a sample of our previous projects and contact us to discover what we can envision for you.
Enter the sand play area through the remains of an ancient stone arch. Upon reaching the tower, ring the solitary carillon - or descend into the subterranean passageway, discover the lower primal world and beat the central drum.
Key challenge: All ages playground to be designed within a limited construction budget and small 10x20m space.
Best Feature: Themed playground interpreting “the hero’s journey” articulated using an interplay of opposites in materials and topography.
Playground rehabilitation across multiple sites. Graffiti walls and a bicycle pump track encourage creativity, promote youth engagement, and prevent vandalism.
Key challenge: Development of inclusive and robust play opportunities in community housing projects struggling with challenging social issues.
Best Feature: Repurposing existing unused facilities to create new play opportunities; development of indigenous games and creative asphalt paintings; development of a bicycle pump track utilising local skills and manpower.
With extremely limited resources, this cost-effective design solution satisfies the need for active play, the need to feel competent, the need for social interaction, and the need for imaginative play. This recycled tire playground provides a complex range of play opportunities.
Key challenge: Significant budget and time constraints – the entire project needed to be completed over several months and under $20,000
Best Feature: The diversity and range of play opportunities within a relatively simple and inexpensive installation
Design featured a grass maze transitioning into a mini labyrinth of flexible surface mount delineators, a wood playhouse, planter box for cultivation, painted games and a creative play sandbox with boulders.
Key challenge: Creating a dynamic range of play opportunities within a small space.
Best Feature: Flexible surface mount delineators turned out to be a favorite with the kids.
Natural playground master plan featuring a “Three Ring” themed layout with historical references to Signor Farini (a local resident and famous circus promoter)
Key challenge: Very challenging site drainage and the integration of “gifts-in-kind” from fundraising activities into the design and proposed work plan.
Best Feature: Thematic portrayal of community history interpreted through playground design and play features.
Following the Reggio Emilia approach to early education, this salamander shaped sand play area features rolling topography and natural beach sand within a compact playscape that offer children opportunities to be social, and provides endless creative and sensory opportunities.
Key challenge: Creating a wide range of play opportunities in a small space with significant budget restraints
Best Feature: Bunker style sand play area creating multiple play zones to facilitate a wide range of users and small groups of children.
This stunning outdoor classroom helps integrate the natural environment into the realm of play and learning and reinforce the reputation of Havergal as an exemplary teaching and learning institution.
Key challenge: Integration of built form within a diverse forest ecosystem.
Best Feature: Learning area set into the natural topography of the valley wall with direct access to the riparian ecosystems.
A simple design with complex range of play and learning opportunities. The topography surrounding the adventure playground based upon the Metatron cube, or “Flower of Life” while the central play area features materials that children can move, manipulate and control.
Key challenge: Providing a play area for a large number of children with a limited construction budget.
Best Feature: Children can carry, combine, redesign, line up, take apart, and put loose parts back together in almost endless ways.
Junior School Natural Playground
This ambitious playground project provided an exceptional opportunity to leverage the remarkable natural environment of the school topography to create a one-of-a-kind teaching and learning environment
Key challenge: Led a multidisciplinary team to navigate the complex approval process for completing works in stream and to execute a complex grading and naturalisation plan.
Best Feature: The labyrinth play area which included a navigational sundial feature.
Facilities, Non-Profit Groups
The visitation playground required the accommodation of a wide range of users including children with a range of emotional and physical challenges, several users types and conflicting activities within a very small area.
Key challenge: High public visibility of the play area located at the front of the building just meters from a busy arterial road.
Best Feature: Broad range and diversity of play experiences in a very small footprint.
The visitation playground site in Elora was highly constricted and the budget was limited, requiring reuse of an existing concrete pad and of thirteen existing armour stone boulders.
Key Challenge:South west exposure and the need for shade and the creation of a space that feels welcoming and respectful.
Best Feature: Development of flexible programming and a site design that permits the space to be used for a combination of both active and passive activities.
The KOLTS parent committee together with earthartist Planning and Design embarked upon a playground revitalization process to create an outdoor play environment that would actively engage children, physically, intellectually and creatively.
Key challenge: Integration of play facilities to augment a progressive early childhood research and teaching curriculum.
Best Feature: Outstanding consultation process with staff, faculty and students to create a one of a kind resource for educators and researchers of early childhood education.
Young Children’s Relationship with Nature: Its Importance to Children’s Development & the Earth’s Future
Children’s Outdoor Play & Learning Environments: Returning to Nature
The Effects of traditional Playground equipment Design in Children’s Developmental Needs