menu

Youth Center In Spain Gets The Modern Hangout Right

Youth Center In Spain Gets The Modern Hangout Right
Design

Catering to a wide range of activities, this new park is a blend of both considered and dynamic design.

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 7 july 2011

It isn’t often we see architectural projects developed to cater to teens which don’t involve shopping.  So it is quite refreshing to see what architects Selgas Cano created for the Government of Extremadura’s Factory Youth Movement Program. Located in southeastern Spain in the town of Merida, a new park and structure recently opened which will serve as a recreation and activity center primarily for the youth but everyone is welcome. The facility aims to cater to a diverse range of interests and the architects integrated a host of amenities. There’s a skatepark, concert and street theatre stage,  graffiti and urban art wall, climbing wall and tightrope walking, and classes including video art and electronic music, acrobatics, performing arts, manga, parkour, traditional and contemporary dance.

The design for the structure had to work within a modest budget and solve some challenges. There wasn’t going to be any air conditioning for the buildings so the architects devised a meter thick thermal canopy which shields the site from the sun and rain. Not only does it serve an important functional purpose, but the bright orange canopy is visually eye catching. Most of the structures on the site are built with metal frames clad with low cost polycarbonate sheeting. The tough translucent material lets in daylight reducing the amount of lighting needed inside while transmitting the interior lighting at night to the outside giving the structure a glowing appearance.

[via Arch Daily]

Design
Trending

Editorial Roundtable: What A People-First Workplace Must Prioritize First

Work
Work Today

Editorial Roundtable: How Will Companies Staff The Workplace Of The Future?

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX examine the ways that a people-first workplace might disrupt the job hiring process

Arts & Culture Today

Airport Mural Puts Passengers In The Clouds

The installation in an Amsterdam terminal lets travelers float through a series of billowing 3D digital shapes

Trending

Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Work

See All
Automotive Today

DevBot Is An Intelligent, Driverless, Electric Car

The unmanned test vehicle from RoboRace is a preview of upcoming AI race models

Fitness / Sport Today

Turn Any Wearable Into A Mental Health Tracker

Cognition Kit is a software platform that lets people track and better understand their cognitive states

Augmented / Virtual Reality Today

AR Ski Goggles Make Racing Down The Slopes Even More Immersive

Israeli startup RideOn weaves digital overlays into the thrill of skiing with an unconventional pair of protective eyewear

Advertising Today

Japan Wants To Make 2020 Olympic Medals From Recycled Electronic Waste

The Tokyo Games could showcase the first-ever gold, silver and bronze awards made from discarded phones and computers

Culture Today

This Small Town Has Become A Hide-and-Seek World Championship Destination

An old abandoned village in Northern Italy has become a massive playground for over one hundred competitive players

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed august 25, 2016

Retail Expert: What Sustainability Means To The Millennial Generation

Jo Godden, Founder of RubyMoon, discusses how brands can limit their environmental impact worldwide

PSFK Labs Today

New Mentorship Ecosystems Benefit All Levels Of An Organization

PSFK’s Future of Work report explores how technology is being leveraged to support cross-team communication

Design Today

Garmin’s New Smartwatch Is Challenging The Luxury Market

The brand adds a premium version of its popular multi-sport trainer to its accessories collection

Syndicated Yesterday

What Could The Highway Of The Future Look Like?

As technology for automated vehicles improves, there’s a sharper focus on building a ‘smarter’ infrastructure where they can thrive

Design Yesterday

Plastic Wind Trees Are Bringing Sustainable Power To Residential Homes

These French-made turbines are offering a small, aesthetically pleasing approach to affordable personal energy

Home Yesterday

Dyson’s Wi-Fi Connected Fan Purifies, Cools & Heats The Air

The new luxury home appliance aims to be an all-in-one device for the connected home

Education Yesterday

Bringing Virtual Reality And Telepresence Robotics To E-Learning

This Learning Management System is embracing new technologies to reallocate teaching resources to where they should be going

INSIGHTS COVERAGE

Rio Olympics
Innovation Coverage From The Rio Games
READ NOW

Advertising Yesterday

Brewing Company Turns Car Emissions Into Ink

Tiger Beer has created a sustainable process to transform air pollution into supplies for street art

Design Yesterday

Space-Saving Sofa Has Extra Furniture Hidden Inside

Living in an apartment with limited space? This three-in-one bed transforms based on your needs

Culture Yesterday

Browser Extension Blocks Any Pages That Make You Unhappy

The software can detect your facial movements and prevent content that brings up negative emotions

No search results found.