When you think about a playground, you probably envision slides, swings and other playground equipment shoved willy-nilly into sand, rubberized bark or something else to break the fall of over excited little ones. But Chile's Elemental architecture firm proves a playground can be a source of great design just as much as any building.
Their work on the Children's Bicentennial Park in Santiago is as stunning as it is refreshing. Dozens of slides are lined along a hill, each with their own short staircase to the right so children will no longer have to wait in a line for their one second of sweet downhill glory.
Swings are arranged in a circle to make for a more community-oriented layout where everyone can watch one another's faces and even hear one another -provided they can talk over the sound of joyful giggling.
Even the fence outside the park is made into something special as it provides an obstacle course filled with hills, drops and creaking rope bridges.
In coming years, the vacant space around the playground will be converted into a promenade to help bring the city together with a beautiful outdoor space where neighbors can go on long walks, socialize and enjoy the scenery. And it is all done to foster community and celebrate the country's independence from Spain over 200 years ago.
Photos Via Cristobal Palma