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The funky Factoria Joven (“youth manufacturing unit”) skate park in Merida, Spain opened this earlier March. Since then, energetic youngsters have been biking, skating, climbing on and throughout the undulating curves and brightly-colored buildings of the inviting and artistic difficult, designed by Madrid-based SelgasCano Architects.
The thought was first launched in 2006 by Carlos Javier Rodríguez Jiménez, a bodily education teacher who studied the humanization of metropolis areas, and four collaborators. Architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano have been impressed by the kinds and improvement of Chinese language dragons, and specified low cost setting up provides, along with lightweight polycarbonate. The developing was completed in merely 13 months.
Along with the surface choices, the developing houses a laptop lab and a dance studio, along with meeting rooms and areas used for for street theater, video and digital music, and even graffiti. We hope American metropolis planners and educators will see this and take discover.
Photographs by Iwan Baan.