Outside the Beit Cure hospital in Blantyre, Malawi a pair of Dutch designers have repurposed tires, axles, springs, and an entire ambulance to serve as a place to play and convalesce. Specializing in orthopedic care, the hospital’s playground is an area where patients may not only recover in a relaxing environment, but also come into contact with other children from the neighborhood. Completely handicap accessible, the car park-turned-hangout is an excellent way to reduce the stigma of the disabled who can be seen as “different” — while at the same time finding a creative use for landfill materials.
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Morgana Matus, 02/21/13
Dutch designers Luc van Hoeckel and Pim van Baarsen have transformed a parking space for a children's hospital in Malawi into a playground. In association with Sakaramenta, a social business that provides push and bicycle carts and play equipment, the team created their structures from recycled materials. A scrapped ambulance stands as a unique clubhouse for the recovering patients, acting as a creative centerpiece for both children and adults to enjoy. Very few people can say that they have ever had so much fun in an ambulance!
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