National Arboretum Pod Playground

Weston Creek, ACT, Australia


ACT Shared Services Procurement


Landscape Consultants:

Taylor Cullity Lethlean


Construction completion:



The Pod Playground is a stunning example of outstanding design and construction. Located within the National Arboretum it offers an opportunity for children to creatively engage whilst establishing a connection to the remarkable environment within which the playground is located. The design resembles a fantasy world of exaggerated scales, giant acorns floating in the sky and enormous banksia cones nestled on the forest floor. These customised play elements along with a climbing net structure, climbing wall and swing-set provide a fantastic resource for the Canberra community. 


‘The sheer joy of the design is evident in this play space. The result suggests a wonderfully collaborative relationship between the designers, the fabricators and the contractors. It suggests they had as much fun designing and building the space as the children now have using it.’ - Jury Citation, AILA Victoria 2013 Design Award.