• Award Winning Design
  • tall pines school playground high line play tall pines school playground high line play tall pines school playground high line play
  • tall pines playground teepee natural wood tall pines playground teepee natural wood tall pines playground teepee natural wood
  • playground tall pines teepee natural playground tall pines teepee natural playground tall pines teepee natural
  • playground tall pines children play playground tall pines children play playground tall pines children play
  • natural playground inspiration creative play natural playground inspiration creative play natural playground inspiration creative play
  • tall pines natural playground high lines tall pines natural playground high lines tall pines natural playground high lines
  • playground sand play natural playspace playground sand play natural playspace playground sand play natural playspace
  • playground sand play natural wood playspace playground sand play natural wood playspace playground sand play natural wood playspace
  • tall pines school brampton sand play playground tall pines school brampton sand play playground tall pines school brampton sand play playground
  • playground natural sand play tall pines brampton school playground natural sand play tall pines brampton school playground natural sand play tall pines brampton school
  • sand play natural playground sand play natural playground sand play natural playground
  • playground chalkboard log canoe tall pines playground chalkboard log canoe tall pines playground chalkboard log canoe tall pines
  • tall pines log canoe playground tall pines log canoe playground tall pines log canoe playground
  • tall pines slide embankment log steppers tall pines slide embankment log steppers tall pines slide embankment log steppers
  • log benches tall pines playground natural log benches tall pines playground natural log benches tall pines playground natural
  • tall pines bench wood playground tall pines bench wood playground tall pines bench wood playground
  • playground tall pines natural playspace playground tall pines natural playspace playground tall pines natural playspace

Tall Pines School

Client: Tall Pines School
Location: Brampton, Ontario
Construction Budget: $50,000 – $100,000
Completion Date: 2015

Challenge:
Tall Pines School, a Montessori school in Brampton, Ontario, approached Earthscape to craft a design that would utilize their long and narrow site.  The playscape needed to function as three separate play spaces for three different age groups; infants (younger than 2.5 years), prima casa (2.5 to 4 years) and casa (4-5 years).  Additionally, they wanted the design to related to the school’s name – tall pines – which is dually associated with nature and First Nations culture.

Solution:
The long and linear layout of this space was the greatest challenge to creating a cohesive and functional design.  However, large iconic spaces, like the Highline project in New York City have demonstrated that a narrow profile offers design opportunities as well as challenges.  In fact, the Highline project gave inspiration to the final concept which incorporates modern concrete paving into a natural setting to create atmosphere and energy.  The irregularity of the paving and pathway systems suggests routes without prescribing the direction of movement.

Play elements were arranged to create a natural rhythm of play and exploratory experiences for both the active and passive child throughout each space.  Trees and shrubs were added to the space to create future shade and added texture and nature connections.