Described as a world first, a new playground has thrilled the planet’s design and science media after being unveiled on Warsaw’s riverbank.
Designed by the London-based ecoLogicStudio, the project allows children to play inside a cylindrical AirBubble containing the purest air in the city.
Set outside the innovative Copernicus Science Center, the solar-powered structure has been kitted out with soft, squidgy seating and hanging ropes – by jumping on these, children activate the 52 bio reactors.
Each filled with ten liters of live Chlorella, these in turn blast fresh oxygen into the playground.
Connected to monitoring systems both inside and out, early tests have revealed that the AirBubble is capable of reducing harmful PM2.5 particles by up to 83%.
“Algae inhabit the aquatic environment,” say the Copernicus Science Center. “Despite this, they can capture solar energy up to 50 times more effectively than land plants.
“They use particles of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides as food and increase their biomass. Like all plants, they also release oxygen.”
Shocked into action after reading a WHO report that claimed up to 93% of the world’s children breathe polluted air when playing, the team behind the project – Dr. Marco Poletto and Dr. Claudia Pasquero – now hope that more AirBubbles could be rolled out across the world.
Until they are, your chance to check out the one in Warsaw lasts until October 31st. “The fun,” add the Copernicus Science Center, “is free.”
(All photos: Maja Wirkus)