Wood'n'Fun: "The flying classroom"
Kaunertal (Tyrol/AUSTRIA): A dormant square before a school was transformed into a themed playground and educational area.
After a period of intense preparations, the municipality of Kaunertal set itself new goals as a part of an innovation process to renovate the village. During this phase, residents expressed their wish for a meeting place for the young and old, a wish which should come to life by making the village square a better place to live. The village square is located right next to the school and is divided into three parts made up of the school garden, children's playground and a front court.
The school garden which up till now had served as a fruit garden was adapted such that in the future it could be used by students as a recreation area and meeting place. The outdated playground was adapted to modern requirements and was then redesigned with the "Flying Classroom" theme in mind. It now includes a row of free-moving swings, along with slides, a small boulder wall, climbing tower and even an herb garden. To offer the possibility of having lessons outside from time to time, a pergola along with plenty of sitting place was additionally installed.