An architecture project transformed a city square into a play area, illustrating how a simple design can change the experience of public space

In Mexico City, a historic fountain was turned into a playground for the local community. With the concrete fountain intact, architecture studio PALMA used plywood to create a structure that envelopes the fountain. The design includes two circular ramps and a net that adds to the safety and creativity of the design. Of course, the fountain is filled with water, which is the best way to get children to jump in and experience joy.

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The structure, called ‘AROS,’ was created after PALMA submitted the winning proposal for a competition commissioned by Laboratorio para la ciudad (City Lab) and the local government to create a temporary playground in the historic city center. The studio embellished the fountain with a railing and ensured it was a safe and fun environment for children to explore freely. Brands could learn from this experiential project, which created a tangible opportunity for people to enjoy outdoor spaces—a unique form of public service that often is overlooked.

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Images: Onnis Luque for PALMA

In Mexico City, a historic fountain was turned into a playground for the local community. With the concrete fountain intact, architecture studio PALMA used plywood to create a structure that envelopes the fountain. The design includes two circular ramps and a net that adds to the safety and creativity of the design. Of course, the fountain is filled with water, which is the best way to get children to jump in and experience joy.

The structure, called ‘AROS,’ was created after PALMA submitted the winning proposal for a competition commissioned by Laboratorio para la ciudad (City Lab) and the local government to create a temporary playground in the historic city center. The studio embellished the fountain with a railing and ensured it was a safe and fun environment for children to explore freely. Brands could learn from this experiential project, which created a tangible opportunity for people to enjoy outdoor spaces—a unique form of public service that often is overlooked.