Sector Culture and heritage
Services provided Product / system supply
Project location Scotland
Client Glasgow Science Centre
Consultant Landscape Design: Austin-Smith:Lord
Contractor Luddons
Products used Turning Stone, Stone Xylophone, Dance Chimes, Conferences, Walk-in Kaleidoscope, Sensory Rotating Discs, Kling Klang Disc, Whirlpool Column, Sound Leaves
 
 

Challenge

Glasgow Science Centre approached Timberplay with a desire to add educational play experiences to their offering for their young visitors. They were driven by a desire to improve their external space and threshold into the attraction.

Solution

Following attendance at Timberplay Scotland seminars and a visit to its manufacturer, Richter Spielgerate, in Germany, Glasgow Science Centre decided to partner with Timberplay to provide a number of interesting sensory play exhibits for an outdoor space. The elements, which include; Turning Stone, Stone Xylophone, Dance Chimes, Conferences, Walk-in Kaleidoscope, Sensory Rotating Discs, Kling Klang Disc, Whirlpool Column and Sound Leaves, have been carefully selected to provide visitors and passers-by with a wide range of sensory encounters and create playful opportunities around the centre.

By interacting with the equipment, visitors can playfully create music, experience visual phenomena and explore the physics of water and rotation. Carefully considered interpretation for each exhibit helps visitors to delve deeper into their understanding of the pieces if they wish and are not only fun for the young ones but people of all ages. The scale of the Sound Leaves and Turning Stone has also meant that these elements act as sculptural gateway features to the new public realm.

Outcome

The new space has become immediately popular, and the use of lighting ensures that the space is utilised throughout the day and into the evening. As well as visitors to the Science Centre, people walking and cycling through the space are frequently observed stopping and taking a moment to engage with the exhibits and each other. A credit to the wider landscape design, this unique space has playfulness at its heart and delivers on a variety of levels.

Photo credit: Paul Upward


Challenge

Glasgow Science Centre approached Timberplay with a desire to add educational play experiences to their offering for their young visitors. They were driven by a desire to improve their external space and threshold into the attraction.

Solution

Following attendance at Timberplay Scotland seminars and a visit to its manufacturer, Richter Spielgerate, in Germany, Glasgow Science Centre decided to partner with Timberplay to provide a number of interesting sensory play exhibits for an outdoor space. The elements, which include; Turning Stone, Stone Xylophone, Dance Chimes, Conferences, Walk-in Kaleidoscope, Sensory Rotating Discs, Kling Klang Disc, Whirlpool Column and Sound Leaves, have been carefully selected to provide visitors and passers-by with a wide range of sensory encounters and create playful opportunities around the centre.

By interacting with the equipment, visitors can playfully create music, experience visual phenomena and explore the physics of water and rotation. Carefully considered interpretation for each exhibit helps visitors to delve deeper into their understanding of the pieces if they wish and are not only fun for the young ones but people of all ages. The scale of the Sound Leaves and Turning Stone has also meant that these elements act as sculptural gateway features to the new public realm.

Outcome

The new space has become immediately popular, and the use of lighting ensures that the space is utilised throughout the day and into the evening. As well as visitors to the Science Centre, people walking and cycling through the space are frequently observed stopping and taking a moment to engage with the exhibits and each other. A credit to the wider landscape design, this unique space has playfulness at its heart and delivers on a variety of levels.

Photo credit: Paul Upward


 
 
 
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