Skinner’s Playground: Container Homes For Children?
The ideas of living green need to be taught to the next generation while they’re still young, and few structures can do that better than Skinner’s Playground.
This unique structure, found in Melbourne, looks like the cargo container home plans of Peter Pan’s Lost Boys, and it would be a storage container home that those lost children would be quite at home in.
This playground is made up largely of recycled shipping containers (something that any port city will have laying about in spades), but all of the materials in Skinner’s Playground are recycled or repurposed for the joy of the children that come to this play area.
While the shipping container drawings for the playground might not be the sort of things you’d use to build your own shipping container home, the shipping container sizes available are just the right size for making a large play area where children can run amok.
Additionally, Skinner’s Playground isn’t painted up or turned into anything fanciful; rather it looks like a massive, intricate playground that is obviously made out of all sorts of materials that were something else in a former life.
It’s something of a monument made to the concept of zero waste, which is something that you’d think a simple cargo container would have trouble illustrating.
Skinner’s Playground was assembled by Phooey Architects, and the community is very glad to have this unique piece of modern recycling that serves so many different functions.
While it might not draw as many of the curious as Container City I and II in London, or as many gawkers as you’d find with the Illy Push Button houses that unfold from a single shipping container, there are still people that will come to admire how unusual this park is.
And of course it’s a playground, so anyone that comes to really understand what Skinner’s Playground is all about will have to run up the stairs, slide through the containers, look out the windows from the top of the pile and get a real understanding of just why this place is so much fun.