PLAYscapes Competition Honourable Mention



Plant a Ball Parks creates a series of play structures that not only generate a sense of place, but also house a synergy of interventions at the site and city scale. The sphere is ideal for capturing the imagination of children as well as providing a versatile shape in which to encapsulate the proposed interior play program. A flexible primitive volume that can be manipulated into other platforms of play. The orbs height and scale provide adequate housing for the planting compartments above, as the shell’s design enables the trees and plantings space to grow through the membrane and stabilize itself with the existing sub-grade. This experimentation of play, integrated with ecology, provides an educational component for the children while they play amongst the BALLS.

OP-AL: Project team consists of Jonathan A. Scelsa, Jennifer Birkeland, Nick Mitchell, Ilya Chistiakov, Mattia Santi, Marco Ciancerella & Bernard Peng

Jonathan A. Scelsa, AIA, Partner at OP-AL said, “By celebrating the early growth stages of a child’s life, our plant a ball park design focused on transforming traditional play equipment and creating a series of structures that not only generate a sense of place, but also a union of interventions at the site and city scale. This proposal of integrating play with nature provides an educational component for children as well as establishing and supporting local ecologies. 

 

 

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