This project started with the 10-story International Shoe Company, a sprawling 600,000 square-foot factory turned City Museum in St. Louis. As you can see, this definitely takes the title of ultimate urban playground, complete with a sky-high jungle gym that use two decommissioned airplanes, a multitude of giant slides, and a a rooftop Ferris wheel to top things off. For those who are afraid of heights, there are also tunnels that go from floor to floor, an aquarium, ball pits, a shoe lace factory, a circus arts facility and a few restaurants to boot. The materials used to build the museum were sourced from salvaged bridges, old chimneys, construction cranes and more. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Popular among residents and tourists, the museum bills itself as an “eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel.” Visitors are encouraged to feel, touch, climb on, and play in the various exhibits. The City Museum has been named one of the “great public spaces” by the Project for Public Spaces, and has won other local and international awards as a must-see destination. It’s been described as “a wild, singular vision of an oddball artistic mind” and compared to the similarly individualistic Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles.