Text description provided by the architects. Bairro da Guarda (Guarda Neighbourhood) in Perafita, Matosinhos was selected as the location of the second edition of O LUGAR DE PARTILHA (Shared Place), an autoconstruction project organized by CASA DA ARQUITECTURA, and curated by Roberto Cremascoli (COR arquitectos). This year, 14 students from several different countries (Portugal, Brazil, Italy, Australia and Mexico) participated, sharing the planning and construction of a playground with the neighbourhood residents.
The proposal, entitled Uma casa de brincar, e não só (Not only a playhouse) consists of a platform with four divisions, one of which is covered.
The planning and the construction were developed over the course of two weeks (from 24th july to 10th august of 2018), and counted with the support of the City Coucil, and social assistance institutions.
The new structure was presented to the residents on the 10th of August, and it soon became the meeting point of the neighbourhood, not only for the children.
During next autumn, some trees and bushes will be planted, in order to complete the project.