Magnificent Factoría Joven Skate Park is a Luminous Oasis in Mérida

by , 07/11/11
Urban design,social design,Politics,Green Transportation,Design for Health,Daylighting,Architecture,spanish design,merida spain,Selgascano ,natural light,white structure,Extremadura Regional Council,UNESCO World Heritage Site,skate park,sports,internet access,local help,long-lasting materials,archaeological remains,Polycarbonate Panels,

Photo © Iwan Baan

The Extremadura Regional Council worked with local residents to build Factoría Joven in only 13 months. The whole project was built at a cost of about 1.2 million euros mainly using long-lasting weatherproof polycarbonate panels set on a metal structure. The Internet room is suffused with natural light and features a bright orange floor. To minimize costs and environmental impact the room was furnished using recycled furniture. Because the canopy is basically a large, one-metre-thick “thermal cushion” made from plastic, it serves as a cool and breezy shelter that protects its visitors from the scorching Mediterranean summers.

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