In the Sky, On the Ground

New Playgrounds in Budapest and by Lake Balaton

Designers: Gergely Hajdu-Nagy Gergely Dr., György Szloszjár, Viktor László
Text: Eszter Götz

An artificial universe, this man-made environment is a limited space used exclusively for recreation,where children can experience the freedom of motion and play. This is, by and large, also our definition of a playground today. The genre is the invention of the late 19th-century and gained more and more significant role also in the 21st century. Three playgrounds recently opened to the public have brought about creative novelties in this respect. Inaugurated at the end of autumn, Muzi is adjusted to the historic character of Múzeumkert, which derives from the location itself as well as from the classics of children’s literature. It is now a genuine attraction of the City Park with a mega-size playground on 13,000 square metres, which contains lots of records, whilst the renewed free beach of Balatonfüred is a futuristic and yet perfectly organic ensemble of objects rooted in the autonomous artistic spirit of contemporary landscape design.

Muzi, Budapest
Concept: Béla Debreczeni-Droppán – MNM
Landscape architect, designer: Gergely Hajdu-Nagy Dr.
Playing equipments: ASAPA-Alkotócsoport
Main contractor: Belvárosi Építő Kft.
Rubber casing: Hírös Park Kft.
Technical supervisor: Attila Bódi
Management: Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum

Városligeti playgroud, Budapest
Designers: György Szloszjár, Gabi Vastagh, Eszter Szentesné Dandé, Zoltán Stéhli, Edina Csákó, Gyula Füssy, Bence Mányoki, Attila Szűz, Kata Tarr, Nóra Ambrus – Garten Studio
Architecture: Marcell Balázs – Studio BMPZ Kft.
Client: Városliget Zrt.

Toboz playground:
Leading designer: Viktor László
Designers: Barnabás Szakács, Edmond Kelemen