Streamlined designs put on a show for the eye. Twisting turns and swooping lines can take a bland structure and make it extremely eye catching. With playgrounds, fantastic curves make for elegance in terms of aesthetics, but also promote fun, flow, and even safety. Playgrounds should help beautify a place such as a park, church, school, or community event center. When the right amount of curvy movement comes together with functionality and durability, a great thing happens, a playground is created that will improve the space its in while looking good.
In terms of flow, curves make for an aesthetic design most of the time. They dip down in smooth fashion and shoot upwards with grace. Rounded edges give off the feeling of endless lines… a feeling that will put visitors at ease. Speaking of rounded edges, these are also much more safe than sharp, 90 degree angles that point out in hazardous fashion. Rounded corners are also easier to move around and improve lines of sight. Meaning, children will run into each other less often because they will have more time to dodge each other.
Bottom line: curves look good and serve a very functional purpose. They add to the fun of a playground by making it easier to navigate around. Curves decrease the chance of injuries and improve the chance of walking away from a day of play without the bumps, bruises, and scrapes that can be associated with a full force day of playground fun. Designers, keep these functional curves in mind more often when designing a playground… and if you do it already, without even thinking, its probably because they look so good.