13. September 2016

Wood­ville – The new wooden play equip­ment by Ber­liner Seil­fab­rik

Wood­ville com­bines the nat­ur­al char­ac­ter, the warm haptics and the pleas­ant scent of wood with the dur­ab­il­ity, sta­bil­ity and res­ist­ance of met­al. A fantasy world emerges between the crooked wooden huts with slanted roofs that at times stand closely togeth­er on massive poles and oth­er times are con­nec­ted by rope nets or bridges. Real­ity and fic­tion melt togeth­er here. You can find the climb­ing realm of ban­dits, witches and gob­lins between the over­sized win­dows and frazzled boarded walls. Wood­ville encom­passes wooden huts (shacks) rest­ing on posts, which are char­ac­ter­ised by a con­struc­tion that appears to be crooked and ran­dom. The design invokes a feel­ing of an adven­ture play­ground and an indi­vidu­al, cus­tom con­struc­tion. This char­ac­ter is emphas­ised by the crooked win­dow- and doorframes, the slanted roof tiles, the tilted base and the boards of vary­ing lengths along the side walls. The shacks are avail­able with 2 dif­fer­ent plat­form heights– Shack1 with a plat­form height of 1.5m and Shack2 with a plat­form height of 1.9m. With Wood­ville, Ber­liner Seil­fab­rik is tak­ing a fur­ther step towards becom­ing a hol­ist­ic play equip­ment pro­du­cer. After Spooky Rook­ies – the play equip­ment line for small chil­dren and the integ­ra­tion of the play points of the former sub­si­di­ary Urb­an Design Ber­lin into the Ber­liner product port­fo­lio, Ber­liner Seil­fab­rik is now also present­ing com­bin­able, wooden play equip­ment.
The per­son primar­ily respons­ible for the devel­op­ment of Wood­ville is Kath­ar­ina Hil­ger, engin­eer at the Ber­liner Cre­at­ive Cen­ter, who developed the play equip­ment in the con­text of her mas­ter thes­is for her stud­ies in Engin­eer­ing Design.

In con­trast to typ­ic­al wooden play­ground units, Wood­ville dis­tin­guishes itself through its indi­vidu­al design and its dur­ab­il­ity. That is espe­cially achieved through the use of high-qual­ity mater­i­als and their high-grade fin­ish.

All wooden poles and boards are made from black locust (robin­ia). Regard­ing the dur­ab­il­ity and sus­tain­ab­il­ity, black locust is well suited for wooden play­ground equip­ment made in cent­ral Europe. Black locust ori­gin­ates from North-east­ern Amer­ica. In the 17th cen­tury, it was intro­duced to Europe and has since spread through­out cent­ral and south­ern Europe. Black locust con­vinces through its dur­ab­il­ity and con­sequen­tial res­ist­ance to insect and fungal infest­a­tions. A fur­ther advant­age of this build­ing mater­i­al is its CO2 neut­ral­ity.

The bot­tom part of the post of the stil­ted Wood­ville shacks are made of steel. The sys­tem balls made from alu­mini­um are a tried and tested con­nec­tion ele­ment of Ber­liner Seil­fab­rik. The steel posts are thus eleg­antly con­nec­ted to the wooden posts. The con­struct pre­vents dir­ect con­tact of the wood with the ground and thereby pro­tects the former from rot due to con­stant mois­ture. An extra post spike or slee­veis there­fore not needed. As a stand­ard coat­ing, a two-ply, solvent-free epox­ide-poly­es­ter coat­ing is applied, which makes the steel res­ist­ant against cor­ro­sion and due to the huge selec­tion of avail­able RAL col­ours, indi­vidu­al cus­tom­er desires can be ful­filled. The steel posts offer a max­im­um amount of mod­u­lar­ity – wheth­er bridges or nets – diverse ele­ments or oth­er products of the Ber­liners can eas­ily be con­nec­ted to the Ter­ranos sys­tem com­pon­ents. The Ter­ranos clamp, made from alu­mini­um, is addi­tion­ally height-adjustable and thus increases the com­bin­a­tion options. The HDPE tent-roof made from weath­er board­ing provides a real­ist­ic­ally-appear­ing shed char­ac­ter. In addi­tion, it con­struct­ively pro­tects the wooden com­pon­ents that are loc­ated under the roof from weath­er effects. The roof is avail­able in diverse col­ours. The crooked win­dows present a real eye-catch­er. Over­sized open­ings framed in white are a strik­ing prop­erty of the shacks. At the same time, the large win­dows provide a high amount of trans­par­ency. The shack huts are avail­able with dif­fer­ent addable ele­ments and in vari­ous com­bin­a­tions as is typ­ic­al with Ber­liner. Due to the mirrored slant, the high­er and lower houses can share a post and thereby form a com­bin­a­tion. In that regard, you have the choice of a tri­an­gu­lar or rect­an­gu­lar bal­cony between the huts.

“The con­struct­ive and eleg­ant wood pro­tec­tion is my per­son­al high­light of the Wood­ville play equip­ment. The wood is pro­tec­ted both from above and below by dif­fer­ent mater­i­als. Here, the post­ing is part of the design and the round posts do not have to end in the typ­ic­al post spikes. In addi­tion, I am thrilled about the hybrid char­ac­ter of the indi­vidu­al com­pon­ents. The parts that are heav­ily stressed dur­ing play do not dir­ectly attach to the wood but rather to the stain­less-steel tubes, which are sub­stan­tially more stable and robust – and thus con­trib­ute to the dur­ab­il­ity of the play­ground equip­ment. The defi­cits of the wood are ulti­mately elim­in­ated and the kids still get to enjoy the wood while play­ing in and with WOODVILLE,” sum­mar­ises Kath­ar­ina Hil­ger.

An over­view of all details as well as examples of the com­bin­a­tion options of Wood­ville can be found in our bro­chure. Click here to down­load or to browse online.