Interactive playground unveiled at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
A modular, customisable playground concept, which engages the senses and imagination of a child, was selected for a playground installation located just outside the newly opened Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in the city of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates.
Broadway Malyan, a global architecture and design firm reached out to Free Play founder Dan Schreibman as the project team searched for state of the art play pieces fitting for this new cutting edge stadium. “The UAE is at the forefront of bold architecture and design, and the stadium is a state of the art facility,” says Dan Schreibman, founder of Free Play. “This is an extremely high visibility location.”
Together, Schreibman and Broadway Malyan developed specifications, product selection, placement, and pricing. During that time, Schreibman also started working with BAM International, one of Europe’s largest contracting companies on final details for installation, shipment, and layout. Within just eight weeks Schreibman created the final design, worked on engineering and testing, and constructed the equipment. “Due to deadline, we needed to communicate and respond to each other quickly, and the eight hour time difference makes that tricky,” explains Schreibman.
The playspace, situated in a courtyard surrounded by retail, restaurants, and office spaces, features various play structures that give children the opportunity to have a sensory experience like no other.
Along with the various installed Free Play pieces, playgroundgoers will also find flooring from London-based Pavegen that lights up as people step on the slabs. Since the playground is in the desert, the play area will be covered by a structure with a shade shielding adults and children from the sun. “I’m terribly excited,” says Dan Schreibman. “I couldn’t imagine a better location.”
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