Like any piece of machinery, wind turbines eventually wear out and need to be replaced. And in Europe, instead of just salvaging them for scrap when dismantled, they often find better uses like turning them into playground equipment.
How often have you seen a turbine blade being delivered on a truck and thought it would make for one hell of a slide? Well the designers at 2012Architecten clearly had the same idea as they used five discarded turbine blades to construct the Wikado playground at the Kinderparadijs Meidoorn facility.
The blades were all hacked up to create an assortment of different playground structures including climbing towers, caves, play surfaces, slides, and even supports for a jungle gym net. If only they’d found a way to keep the power generating parts intact and functional so the playground could also harness the seemingly unlimited energy of kids playing. [2012Architecten via Inhabitat]