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.
▼Loreto广场鸟瞰，aerial view of Loreto square
▼游戏场地被设置在标志性的广场喷泉周围，the project is placed within the confines of the iconic plaza fountain
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.
▼两个圆环状的坡地以同心圆的形式放置，带来有趣的水平变化，two circular ramps with opposite slopes are placed concentrically, which results in playful level variations
▼水池上的织网在鼓励互动游戏的同时还起到了保障安全的作用，together with the water element and the net, the obstacles produce moments of moderate risk which encourage interaction and dynamic play
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.
▼孩子们在“城市玩具”中玩耍，kids playing in the “urban toy”
▼立面和剖面图，elevation and section
AROS – “Urban Toys” competition / Loreto Square – 1st prize
Proyect: PALMA (Ilse Cardenas, Regina de Hoyos, Diego Escamilla, Juan Luis Rivera)
Teams: Tonatuh Armenta
Contractor: La Invencible
Photography: Onnis Luque
Locaton: Loreto Square, Historic Center, Mexico City