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PALMA: AROS is a winning proposal for the “Urban Toys” competition that was commissioned by Laboratorio para la Ciudad and the Mexico City government. The objective of the competition was to develop a sort of temporary playground in the historical center of the city, specifically in Loreto square.
By placing the project within the confines of the iconic plaza fountain, we take advantage of the spontaneous play that already takes place. In addition, we avoid interrupting the everyday flow and activities of people
on this square. By using the preexisting elements of the square such as benches we create a safe and visible environment where children can explore freely.
The design is built around the different types of play which are influenced the most by the physical space around the child. In the case of physical play, this relationship is the strongest. Two circular ramps with opposite slopes are placed concentrically, which results in playful level variations. Together with the water element and the net, these obstacles produce moments of moderate risk which encourage interaction and dynamic play. The concentric nature of the proposal also creates a series of thresholds which can be real or imaginary. Access to the first ring is open at the lowest point. However, in order to get to the second ring, the child must walk at least a quarter of the way around the circle. From here, the child must overcome the third obstacle; the water and net. All these layers, thresholds and observation points are great for made-up rule play and socio-dramatic games.
The ramps temporarily envelop the fountain which creates a sensory experience when the fountain is on but can also be used as a dry game. This versatility allows for its use to go beyond a simple playground game in order to connect with the community and even be used as a small forum space.
项目设计: PALMA (Ilse Cardenas, Regina de Hoyos, Diego Escamilla, Juan Luis Rivera)
团队: Tonatiuh Armenta
承包商: La Invencible
摄影: Onnis Luque
Project design: PALMA (Ilse Cardenas, Regina de Hoyos, Diego Escamilla, Juan Luis Rivera)
Teams: Tonatiuh Armenta
Contractor: La Invencible
Photography: Onnis Luque
Location: Loreto Square, Historic Center, Mexico City
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