SEA HORSE

A water-park shaped as a fantastic seahorse in Chongqing, China

SEA HORSE

11

Oct

2019

Chongqing

Asia/Shanghai

Chinese

Population: 15 Million18 million in 2025

GDP: 2.04 6 %

BigMac: 2.74 us dollars

Sea Horse
Chongqing | China
 
Seahorse is a water park designed for the public space of a new residential area in Chongqing (China).
 

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The surrounding public areas count with a swimming pool as well, which is complemented with this water playscape for kids, with the aim of fostering entertainment & social interactions among kids and adults alike.
 
 
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Following with the themed series of Horse playgrounds from our client, they commissioned us this new playscape with the particular request that this one had to include water features in it.
 
 

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When relating the Horse theme park and the water features, it was obvious for us that the twist of this project had to be a Sea Horse approach, the Horse of the water realm.
 
 

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Therefore, the water park features a main sunken wet area in the shape of a Sea Horse, which can be understood not only from a pedestrian point of view within the playscape, but also from all the surrounding residential towers.
 
 

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As main wet area, the Sea Horse sunken platform hosts the big majority of water features, customized in the same color palette, and sprinkling water towards the interior of that sunken wet platform.
 
 

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The surrounding areas of the Sea Horse are treated in a contrasting striped color palette, defining a dry play area which contains dry playful features in order to make the playscape usable & playable also during winter months.
 
 

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Those dry playful features are designed in a circular shape, mimicking water ripples of activity.
 
 

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The resulting image is a colorful and eye-catching playscape, which includes playing features for kids as well as shaded seating features for adults, visible from all the residential towers surrounding the central public space.
 
 

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CREDITS:
 
Project Name: Seahorse
Design: 100architects (Shanghai)
Design Team: Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Mónica Páez, Lara Broglio, Gong Xun.
Client: Dongyuan Dichan
Area: 650 m2
Completion: September 2019
Location: Chongqing, China
Photography: Amey Kandalgaonkar

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Seahorse

It is essentially a waterpark shaped as a seahorse located in Chongqing downtown. It includes many interesting water features as well as a few seating areas adults and playing objects for kids.

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Neighborhood Intervention

What is a neighborhood intervention?
This is the medium scale type of interventions that take 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 that 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.
 
Most of the times, this typology combines several intervention tactics such as Painted Scapes and Grounded Objects, intervening existing urban settings, almost from the lens of Landscape Design, by creating spaces of opportunity for collective leisure, entertainment, play & joy, etc., catalyzing major social interactions across the neighborhood.
 
The main objective of this typology is to trigger a massive public interest to the place through a strong visual impact, usually of a permanent nature, encouraging the rise of high public affluence and establishing an urban landmark that can cultivate important human dynamics and boost commercial activity.

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