极光岛屿公园（Aura Island Park）是我们的布里斯班事务所团队为色彩之城极光（Aura, City of Colour）设计的又一个极具个性的公园。由澳洲最大的地产开发集团之一Stockland (stockland.com.au) 在阳光海岸开发的极光新城是一个大型总体规划住区。自2015年起与 Stockland 合作后，普利斯设计集团已陆续为该地区带来了极光踏板公园、巴林加城镇广场、极光卢金公园、极光青蛙公园等多个社区公共空间，而近期完成的极光岛屿公园则为当地社区进一步增添了一个引人注目的亚热带游戏空间。Aura Island Park is another new distinctive park designed by our Brisbane team for Aura, City of Colour. Developed by one of Australia’s largest property groups Stockland (stockland.com.au), Aura is a large-scale master planned community in the Sunshine Coast. Having been working with Stockland since 2015, Place Design Group has delivered projects including Aura Pedal Park, Baringa Town Square, Aura Lukin Park, Aura Frog Park and Aura Baringa Sales & Vision Centre, with the Island Park further adding a new dramatic subtropical play space to the local community.
This unique play space is an oasis of fun, a lost paradise reminiscent of the Moreton Bay islands, enabling children to imagine they are on a deserted island.
The park design is for the whole community and offers elements for all age groups, from active recreation in the playground or the volleyball court, to passive recreation in a hammock under the shade of a tree or beach huts overlooking the park.
The original intent of this park was to provide a green oasis amongst the large neighbourhood in which it sits. This feeling of being “The Island” oasis was then broadened to embrace the character of the Moreton Bay Islands. The Island theme was then pushed further to enhance and drive the imagination of the children using the park.
It was imperative that they could believe they were at the edge of the water on the beach, or up in the tropical hills in a lookout shelter, or that they were crossing a broad valleybetween the hilltops via a swinging rope bridge – and all the while enjoying their play and being active.
To pull all these ideas together, the playground design features a mix of bespoke and proprietary elements includingrope swings, climbing nets, rope bridges, slides, rock scrambles and lots of sand surfacing, to create the different environments at different levels, that may be experienced on an island. Adjacent to the play space is the active play zone, comprising of the beach volleyball court and kick about lawn where larger groups can interact or engage in more informal play.
The use of a variety of surface materials within the play space provides a more tactile experience for park users. Just as our local islands of Moreton Bay consist of both sand and rock, so too the islands of this park reflect this variety of materials.
Regularly shaped rock in the form of stacked stone walls to promote climbing and provide elevated sitting and play areas, and more scattered irregularly shaped rock, placed in sloping areas to promote coordination and balance. The sand surround reinforces the coastal environment of the parks location as well as providing a soft fall material more in tune with the island theme.
The play space consists of three island mounds all arranged in a U shape and a large flat play zone to the centre of this. This mound arrangement was critical in the strength of the concept, because it enclosed the play both from a safety perspective and also contained the character. The “U” opens out towards the largest part of the park and helps to keep the children off the collector road that runs beside the park.
On top of two of the mounds are the Beach Huts. These huts, designed by Place Design Group, are semi open to the sky allowing palms to grow through the centre and allow the children and their parents the best view across the park. They are the visual centre points because of their prominence above the rest of the play and they are the start and end of most of the other play sequences.
The two huts are linked by a rope bridge which has an entry / exit point mid span. The huts are also connected by Talk Tubes, allowing the children to boast about their conquests to the others. The mound that does not have a hut is also connected by a rope trapeze, allowing the children to move around at the upper level without having to go down to the sand.
在木屋和绳索通道的顶部，我们还利用高度加入了滑梯，还有攀爬用的橡胶石和攀爬绳索，打造登顶挑战。这些游戏元素与泰山绳索秋千（来自 Berliner Liana Swing）、旋转器（来自 Berliner Eddie 和 Berliner Little Big Ben）形成了很好的组合。在你玩累之后，还有一个吊床秋千可供休息。
On top of the huts and rope walks, there are slides that take advantage of the mound heights, and scrambling rubber rocks and climbing ropes, that create the challenge in getting to the top. These play elements are then complimented with a tarzan rope swing – Berliner Liana Swing, spinners – Berliner Eddie and Berliner Little Big Ben and after you have had too much play, there is a large hammock swing to rest in.
To compliment the sandy beach and provide for an older age group, the sand volleyball court was introduced. Theming of the posts and nets for the volleyball aligned with the rope and timber theme with the remainder, providing a rustic feel. Even the scoring cards are designed to match.
To reinforce this sub-tropical island theming and to increase natural shade, subtropical tree, palm and understory planting were integrated into the play areas which assists in breaking up the space sand heat absorbing surfaces to moderate the temperature. Shade sails are also combined to create the most protection. Tree and palm species used within the planting palette have been selected for their suitability to the local area as well as their long-term growth habit.
Cotton Trees, Moreton Bay Figs and Coastal Banksia, over time will grow and spread their canopy and branches to transform the space over time as well as provide other play opportunities within the space. The more iconic coastal species like the Pandanus Palm, Banskias and Cotton Trees reinforce the sense of place and for the park reinforcing the coastal location and our local island environments.
Overall, this play space has been a great success with many families enjoying the park from the first day it opened. It provides a lot of fun and imagination, as well as a little bit of scariness and risk, all of which makes for a great day. As the soft landscape matures this play space will only get better.