Population: 15 Million18 million in 2025
GDP: 2.04 6 %
BigMac: 2.74 us dollars
Chongqing | China
HORSELAND is a public space project comprising a combination of landscape design and different outdoor facilities in a single space, such as sport features, playscape features for kids and leisure features for adults.
Following our series theme of “Horses”, the design of this vibrant and multifunctional public space resembles the abstract geometry of a Horse when seen from an aerial point of view.
Inspired by the basic circular sketching strokes commonly used to draw animals anatomy, we used the circle as basic geometry to reveal the different parts of the Horse’s body, as a design strategy to subdivide the space into multiple smaller functional pockets, turning the playscape into a multifunctional space to be enjoyed by kids & adults alike.
Transferring this idea to the spatial organization strategy of the project, we thought of creating a multifunctional public space by the combination and intersection of smaller independent fractions of circles, using smaller circles for simple functions and bigger circles for more elaborated ones.
Besides having leisure spaces to be enjoyed by adults, such as seating and resting features, the project also counts with a series of play pockets for the entertainment of young users, such as a climbing surface, an amphitheater hill or a mini basketball court among others.
However, the most prominent and eye-catching feature is the biggest circle, which consists on a circular elevated pipe from which are hanging many sport related features for outdoor fitness activities, enclosing a fitness area to complete the functional program.
The Horse is surrounded by circles of greenery to insert a pinch of nature within the proposal and complementing the overall doted landscape.
Custom lighting features were designed specifically for this project, featuring branched poles with spherical bulbs matching the circular design language.
The big majority of playing surfaces and sport areas are solved with EPDM rubber in multiple vibrant colors to highlight the geometrical intersections of different circles.
The remaining circulation space is solved with shades of grey pavement stone, allowing a strong contrast with the shape of the Horse.
Project Name: Horse Land
Design: 100architects (Shanghai)
Design Team: Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Lara Broglio, Mónica Páez, Keith Gong.
Client: DongYuan Dichan Properties
Area: 1,350 m2
Completion: January 2019
Location: Shanghai, China
Besides having leisure spaces to be enjoyed by adults, such as seating and resting features, the project also counts with a series of play pockets for the entertainment of young users
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It is an inhabitable architectural object inserted on top of an existing urban environment, but alienated from its surroundings.
This architectural object intervenes in the space by touching the ground and acting as an accessible and multifunctional platform, allowing people to stand on top of it and interact directly.
The main objective of this conceptual prototype is to trigger a massive public interest to the place, encouraging the rise of high public affluence, becoming a remarkable virtual landmark that attracts customers and cultivates important human dynamics and commercial activity.