Miquel Mariné Núñez and César Rueda Boné transformed a long-unoccupied marketplace in Alcañiz, Spain into a fun children's center. The idea was to establish a lively and safe place for children to play and learn without making undue changes to the existing, historical building, so the design team created a brand new interior structure that can be removed if necessary. Hit the jump to learn more about this bright and airy project.
Opting for lightweight construction materials, the designers built a double storey wood enclosure that fits inside the cavernous structure that has been disused for several years. A nifty slide connects the two storeys, which have been given a continuous and homogenous conifer wood finish. Enclosing the kindergarten with a separate structure gives it a certain amount of impermanence in case the building should ever revert to another more public function.
Even though the floor has been covered with a lime-green rubber floor that is both durable and safe enough for children to play on, the rest of the old marketplace has been virtually unaltered to allow for locals to gather and socialize there if they so choose. This is a lovely and sustainable renovation, but the slide (and its candy red tongue) is sure to be the biggest hit among the kids.
Photography courtesy of José Hevia