Sara L’Espérance

URBAN PLAYGROUND | Berlin | Unit 21 | 2012

The Urban Playground was designed to challenge the typical understanding of the playground’s role in an urban context and redefine it as a space where ‘play’ can encompass all urban dwellers, not simply children.
Inspired by the children’s book Harold and the Purple crayon, the linear approach of the site layout emerged as a strategy to explore the line as a continuous object throughout the playground, transforming its function throughout to create spaces of physical play, spaces of mystery, spaces of thought, spaces of creation, spaces of interaction and spaces of informal performance.
The yellow line’s continuous nature will enhance the desire to explore various these moments throughout the site, though its playful nature will ensure it not be used to provide a prescribed route, but act instead as a point of reference that can be explored as one wishes.

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