This is the plaza located in Yinding Village, Junle Town, Pengzhou City, Sichuan Province. It is designed by us, built by us, used by us, it is OUR PLAZA.
Most of the communities in Yinding village were rebuilt after the Wenchuan Earthquake, and there are very few high-quality places for villagers to have activities and socialize. Thus, the government of Yinding village hopes to renovate a public plaza so that villagers can enjoy the public activities, and further improve the life quality in the community. MIC group received the task in 2018, and then we fully communicated with the villagers, which are the real users of the plaza, and found that the deep desire of the villagers is to have their own plaza and find a new lifestyle belonging to “me” in it.
The Chinese “fang sheng “pattern, which symbolizes “auspiciousness”, is the main structure line of the design. Which is combined with the site and reconstructed to form a 750-meter footpath shaped like the Chinese word “我”(which means “me”) throughout the site. It represents a good meaning, cleverly combined with the current situation of the site.
▼方胜纹演变，”fang sheng “pattern ©麦稞文化创意
At the same time, the symbol is extended to other appliances, such as the rest area and the play equipment. When people walk into the plaza, they can see the installation of “fang sheng wen” corresponding to the site, where they can have a rest and take pictures.
▼入口与场地所呼应的“方胜纹”装置，installation of “fang sheng wen” corresponding to the site ©麦稞文化创意
OUR compound new site design
The OUR Plaza is a child-led, all-age complex place. The overall design of the project combines the artist color and the spatial form, layers on various functions such as sports, entertainment, rest and so on, thus, people could have different activities during different times.
Once inside the plaza, people can have a free exploration. There are five areas: green adventure area, mini theater, sports field, fun playground, and children’s playground.More than 18 ways to have fun.The way to play is open and unlimited, and imaginative children and users can create their own games – “OUR game”.
▼功能分区轴测，functional division axonometric drawing ©麦稞文化创意
The green adventure zoneis integrated with the concept of the European sports pedagogy. The adventure route is designed from easy to difficult, children can gradually challenge and improve their balance, jumping and climbing ability, and reach the main climbing frame in the middle. Children can have various activities here, which helps to promote the development of their motor senses and internal balance system, as well as the brain sensory system. Considering the use and monitoring needs of younger children, our designers have reserved a space of 60 centimeters around the balance beam apparatus for parents to provide assistance.
The mini theater is a complex functional place containing audio-visual entertainment, which provides places for square dancing, tai chi, and even outdoor movies for residents. On special days, the plaza can also hold small exhibitions, performances, live show and other activities.
▼复合型功能剧场，complex functional theater ©麦稞文化创意
▼小剧场鸟瞰，下沉台阶成为剧场座椅，bird view of the theater, sunken steps become theater seats ©麦稞文化创意
Due to the limitation of the space, the basketball court and badminton court are superimposed and combined in the sports field. Besides the safety of activities, we also consider the audience. The rest area is designed around the sports ground. In addition, even the space under the fence is designed to be a playground for extreme sports such as skateboarding.
▼多功能体育场，muti-functional sports field ©麦稞文化创意
▼篮球场和羽毛球场叠加合并，basketball court and badminton court are combined in the sports field ©麦稞文化创意
▼独特的篮筐，unique basket ©麦稞文化创意
▼场边的休憩区，rest area around the sports ground ©麦稞文化创意
▼利用围墙处的消极空间，布置成一个极限运动场，the space under the fence is designed to be a playground for extreme sports ©麦稞文化创意
A variety of creative games are gathered in the fun playground. Traditional sports change the form and rules here and turns into interesting new games — cylindrical table tennis, ground pool, and painted walls climbing, each one has a new idea.
The adjacent building corridor provides a play area for young children, which is convenient for parents to rest and nurse in the corridor. During the tour, children are trained in fine muscles, social skills and creativity.
▼集合创意游戏的趣味互动场地，variety of creative games are gathered in the fun playground ©麦稞文化创意
Process of The OUR Plaza
In the design of OUR Plaza, we refer to the most advanced design standards both in China and worldwide. The site safety design not only meets the domestic “Safety code for small amusement facilities”, but also meets the corresponding content of the “Safety code for children’s activity places” of the European Union. The main amusement equipment for children is designed with reference to the latest “German children’s place and outdoor place planning standards” to ensure the safety, specification and durability of the place and equipment.
▼圆筒乒乓球，儿童游乐器以最前沿的设计标准设计，cylindrical table tennis，musement equipment for children is designed with reference to the latest standards ©麦稞文化创意
In addition, from the preliminary research and the design concept to the construction, the design team participates the whole process themselves to complete this plaza.
First of all, the needs of users as participants are our priority. At the beginning of the proposed renovation of the plaza, villagers of different ages and professional backgrounds were invited to discuss a new ideal plaza model with the designers.
▼功能分析图，广场设计考虑不同居民的需求，functional analysis, the designers take the needs of different residents as priority ©麦稞文化创意
Secondly, according to local conditions, we need to fully explore the possibility of design based on the current situation of the site. While meeting the needs of different groups of people, it is necessary to consider the overall construction and maintenance cost of the site. This minimizes resource input, reduces the use of raw materials and production energy, and obtains efficient land use value.
This is reflected in the fact that the original green floor block is retained as much as possible on the site, reducing the amount of earthwork and thereby reducing the construction cost. In terms of maintenance and material considerations, use materials with low maintenance requirements as much as possible. Asphalt materials are used on the ground for fast construction and good abrasion resistance. The benches are made of anti-corrosion wood, which is easy to install. The pit is filled with bark and sawdust instead of sand, so it would not get into shoes when playing, or grind the finish paint of the rides.
▼保留原有绿地板块，减少土方工程量，original green floor block is retained as much as possible on the site, reducing the amount of earthwork ©麦稞文化创意
Finally, the cooperation between design and construction guarantees the perfect presentation of the project. In order to ensure the coordination of the overall look and feel of the plaza ground and the amusement facilities, the effect of presenting the same set of colors on different materials requires multiple color corrections and on-site proofing. In order to ensure the accurate expression of complex patterns on the site, designers and workers divide the drawings and points on the site to determine the final line position. Each color needs to be checked along the path to avoid painting errors. After dozens of days of on-site supervision, coordination, and adjustment, The OUR Plaza finally achieved the expected design effect.
▼精细的施工，保证地面图案效果，high quality of construction to ensure the effect of ground pattern ©麦稞文化创意
▼体育场地面，复杂图案的精准表达，floor of the sports fields, accurate expression of complex patterns ©麦稞文化创意
The Our Plaza is a meaningful and democratic design practice. It changes the inherent vision of town plaza, let people participate in the construction, let “us” participate in the process, gather more “us” to create more charm of our community!
▼广场夜景，plaza at night ©麦稞文化创意
▼节点大样，detial drawing ©麦稞文化创意