playLAND / LIKEarchitects

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Paredes de Coura, Portugal
  • Main Materials: Beach floats
  • Client: O Mundo ao Contrário | Paredes de Coura City Hall
  • Architect In Charge: Diogo Aguiar, João Jesus, Teresa Otto and João Salgueiro, Daniel Mudrak
  • City: Paredes de Coura
  • Country: Portugal
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Text description provided by the architects. playLAND is a set of three bouncy and colorful spatial interventions geared for children in the public space of Paredes de Coura, that built a human scale Lego using beach buoys as module.

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Created for ‘O Mundo ao Contrário’, which means ‘The World Upside-Down’, a week-long event that transformed the quiet village in the north of Portugal into a playground for hundreds of children, featuring street theatre, concerts, circus, installations, etc., playLAND is a off-the-shelf installation, built with the help of local volunteers and formalized into three different moments: an informal stage, where different shows for children could be seen; a silo-shaped tower, that kids could enter and play in; and a small tunnel pavilion, for children to cross and run around.

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Removed from the usual water context and used in three colors - green, orange and pink - the beach floats serve as the modular construction element, allowing the creation of a light and colorful world, built with recognizable objects belonging from another place.

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© Dinis Sottomayor photography

Being a child object, designed for children to play quietly in the sea or in the pool, the beach float is naturally a colorful and very appealing object. Moreover, by the virtue of being inflatable, it quickly becomes very bulky, but always lightweight and easy to handle, facilitating the creation of the large scale ephemeral constructions. 


Structured by vertical and horizontal association of round-shaped beach buoys, the inflatable installations seek to create fun rest areas, sometimes protected from the sun, where people can, for example, attend to concert harp or to a reading of a story.

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Address:4940 Paredes de Coura, Portugal

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Cite: "playLAND / LIKEarchitects" 31 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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