City Art Gym has considered the aspect of gender equality in its design. With the knowledge that 80 % of the equipment that has been installed outdoors for physical activities in Sweden is being used by boys and men. The girls do not use the soccer and basketball courts, the climbing walls or skateboard rinks as much as the boys do.
When designing City Art Gym we have used shapes and
functions from the world of sports that women and girls
are at least as good at as the boys and where they feel
comfortable and where there is no competition.
Regardless of gender, City Art Gym can be used by everybody.
The Bar comes from the world of gymnastic and girls
can do things on it that most boys cannot. The Bridge is
inspired from the step-up class and the exercises on the
Ball demands good balance, something girls are at least
as good at as boys.
The elegant trio does not relate to a world that research
unfortunately shows most girls do not want to be
associated with: the world of comparison to boys
and a world where they feel “un-feminine”.