Magnificent Factoría Joven Skate Park is a Luminous Oasis in Mérida

by , 07/11/11

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Photo © Iwan Baan

Factoría Joven surprised adults and kids when it opened its doors in Mérida last March. The old capital of Lusitania, home to a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, now houses one of Spain’s most striking architectural parks. The outdoor skate and amusement park is elevated upon a base about 1.5 metres off the ground in order to protect the archaeological remains beneath it. The multifunctional space is a place where youth can meet, practice sports, dance, play music and even access the Internet through public computers.

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