Importance of sustainable materials
Playscape is renowned for using wood aesthetically and sustainably. Tea tree and Macrocarpa are their most-used due to their availability and abundance, ethically sourced from local saw mills.
"I'm passionate about the beauty of nature, which is in tune with Playscape's philosophy so we use a lot of natural materials such as wood and rock," explains Matt. "Waterways are a personal favourite – you can't beat the joy of flowing water to splash about in, so we often take design inspiration from rivers and waterfalls."
Learning through play
Young children develop through play, both consciously and subconsciously. Matt intentionally adds levels of complexity in his designs to encourage confidence-building as the children are able to progress through different levels when they're happy to do so."
"I also make a point to include sanctuary spaces, for the children to have a quiet place to retreat to when they feel like it," adds Matt.
A call for collaboration
Matt emphasised that a great way for this industry to flourish is if the learning centre architects work in tandem with the playground designers from the early stages of the blueprints and construction.
This collaboration would help to ensure that the most functional and harmonious layout is achieved, creating a well planned overall space with spectacular indoor-outdoor flow for people of all ages to enjoy.