HORSELAND

Sports & playscapes merged in a colorful horse-shaped landscape

HORSELAND

05

Apr

2020

Chongqing

Asia/Shanghai

Chinese

Population: 15 Million18 million in 2025

GDP: 2.04 6 %

BigMac: 2.74 us dollars

Horse Land
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.
 
 

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It is located in the hilly topographies of Chongqing, positioned in an urban plateau among residential buildings.
Its privileged location provides a unique viewpoint toward the green cityscape of this urban area.


 
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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.
 
 

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Inspired by the basic circular sketching strokes commonly used to draw animals anatomy, the abstract geometry of the horse is drawn only by intercepting circles of different size.
 
 

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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.
 
 

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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.
 
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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The Horse is surrounded by circles of greenery to insert a pinch of nature within the proposal and complementing the overall doted landscape.
 

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Custom lighting features were designed specifically for this project, featuring branched poles with spherical bulbs matching the circular design language.
 

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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.
 

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CREDITS:
 
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: Chongqing, China
Photography: RexZhou

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Horse Land

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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Neighborhood Intervention

What is a neighborhood intervention?
This is the medium-scale type of intervention that takes place in the public realm of a city, related to the altering of a portion of a neighborhood. A type of intervention of such magnitude and notoriety impacts not only the immediate surrounding urban environment but rather the urban dynamics of a whole neighborhood, becoming an urban landmark and a local attractor of social interactions in a given neighborhood.
 
The main objective of this typology is to trigger massive public interest in the place through a strong visual impact and injection of activities, encouraging the increase of high public influx and establishing an urban landmark that can cultivate important human dynamics and boost commercial activity. These phenomena are achieved through the creation of spaces for leisure, entertainment, play and collective joy, catalyzing important social interactions throughout the neighborhood.
 
This topology of intervention, normally is used by real state developers to bring fresh and unique ideas to the public realm of their urban developments, which contributes to stand out in the market, establishing a distinct brand identity through innovative, and user-oriented design solutions that enhance the quality of life and thus, the appeal and value in the eyes of potential buyers or tenants, increasing the marketability of the project and potentially leading to higher property values, rental rates and ultimately faster sell out. This interventions maximize the value of the entire neighborhood.

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This was just breathtaking view. The best sunset I have seen in ages. Very beautiful and also very fun space. I truly recommend to pass by this public space. Very unique.

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Nice way to spend the day. It was super hot afternoon in Chongqing but the kids just wanted to play. Our family is very happy that we were invited to spend the day here. The landscape looks like a horse from above and it is very pretty.

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