The machine playground
The machine playground is the new place in the heart of the city of Lodz where tradition meets modernity
Manufaktura is not only a shopping centre, it is the flagship of the city, and its most recognizable tourist attraction. In this context, the intervention had to take advantage of the strong cultural heritage of the place and become a landmark for Manufaktura.
Manufaktura opened at the end of the 19th century as a cotton products manufacturing factory that reached its zenith during the Industrial Revolution. Nowadays, the ancient rumble of factory machines has subsided forever, but Manufaktura is full of life again. The city of Lodz, the second largest in Poland, could not be understood without this site since it has become the new centre of the city, as well as a symbol of its development and cultural heritage.
theleisureway was invited to activate the heart of one of the city’s most iconic shopping centres. The intervention consists in creating a spectacular indoor play area that conquers the verticals and makes a visual impact from a distance. It also reflects the textile heritage of locals and gets integrated into the modern art theme with a significantly important educational factor.
The indoor playground design was inspired by the process of production of cotton fabric. An old factory machine was transformed into a living play area where children can play while they learn about the history of the city of Lodz.