Lonely Planet Writer

This sculptural blob situated in a playground in a Dutch park is a huge hit with children

If you’re heading to Amsterdam with the kids, check out a large sculptural shape described as a blob that has become a very popular addition to one the city’s oldest parks. Children are thrilled with the structure, which forms part of the playground area in Beatrix Park, as it has all sorts of nooks and crannies for them to to enjoy.

This sculptural blob in an Amsterdam park is part of a children’s playground. Image: Carve (by Marleen Beek)

Created by Dutch design and engineering firm, Carve, the unusual lilac and white structure has plenty of fun and unusual features. The design includes a mirrored wall on one side, which intentionally catches passersby off-guard with the distorted reflections it produces. The blob contains climbing nets and slides and a tyre swing, which encourage children to climb in and explore its dynamic hidden areas.

This sculptural blob in an Amsterdam park is part of a children’s playground. Image: Carve (by Marleen Beek)

The new playground area is situated in a basketball court, and is slightly hidden between the trees. A sunken trampoline is located on one side, and a mural with a soccer goal is painted on its facade. Carve was asked to create a sculptural form that’s attractive to children, as well as serving as a meeting place for adults.

This sculptural blob in an Amsterdam park is part of a children’s playground. Image: Carve (by Marleen Beek)

It also intentionally concealed some of its features from view, so that the blob constantly offers moments of surprise and discovery to make it more interesting. So if you’re going to the Netherlands with the family, head along to Beatrix Park and check it out.