City school’s rooftop playground a hit
A Christchurch primary school is turning heads with its inventive school design.
Anglican private co-ed school Cathedral Grammar’s newest addition, a rooftop playground, adds to the award-winning school’s design, and the kids love it.
Tight for space, the inner city school on Park Terrace has built a new play structure on top of its junior school building.
The playground is an addition to the rooftop slide which won the architects, Andrew Barrie and Tezuka Architects, several awards including at the Interior Awards and the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards when the new building opening in 2016.
The new playground, primarily aimed at year 1-3 pupils, was the brainchild of Pippin WrightStow of F3 Design.
Spanning 20-metres in length and reaching more than 4m at its highest peak, the structure is contained so children will not climb out the top.
‘‘It was quite a challenge coming up with a play structure that resolved the compliance issues and added something sympathetic to the beautiful building,’’ Wright-Stow said.
‘‘We didn’t want anything that felt too heavy or bulky.’’
Principal Scott Thelning said the design, which was inspired by the Southern Alps, made the most of the relatively small decking play area.
‘‘As an inner-city school, our space is at a premium, but we have 46-hectares or so of play areas across the road in Hagley Park and all sorts of wonderful central city learning resources, such as the museum and art gallery, on our doorstep.
‘‘We wanted to enhance the children’s use of the area by building a structure that is played in, rather than on, that’s fun to use, and iconic,’’ he said.
The award-winning rooftop slide at Cathedral Grammar.
Cathedral Grammar’s new rooftop playground.