PLAYGROUND. Multi-purpose sports space for athletes with disabilities
Handisports is a company that manages and provides sports services to handicapped people, whether intellectual, physical or sensory impairment, and at risk of social exclusion. In late 2014 the company commissions us to build its new headquarters to host their offices and classrooms at a location of 80 m2.
The project responds to the client demand by offering a playing field where they can not only make the work of management and training but also where they can host sports activities, normally performed in other rented places. In this way, the office work becomes another game in a space designed to be transformed depending on requirements, days and times.
Our proposal consists in the development of some game instructions for the using of the designed space, establishing a set of tactics or rules for the management of the playing field depending on the different activities.
The construction was simple and consisted in removing all the existing coatings, revealing the original building elements. To create the new playground we arranged a black vinyl sport ground, where we drew overlapping white lines for the various activities. Mobile translucent curtains suspended from the ceiling help to define these activities as needed but do not prevent the light to pass through producing a shadow game that helps to perceive the space as dynamic and active.
Playground is a place for inclusion and collectivity, where local athletes and their families can experience the space in many different ways, according to the 48 tactics-possibilities offered. The flexibility of the space allows the development of much more activities than the previously established, amplifying the limits of the company and eliminating the need to rent different spaces and to move from one place to another, concentrating all the activity in the same place, promoting the relation and exchange between people and activities. In the same place, the disabled athletes are able to practice 'bocia', have some gymnastic training, attend a coaching workshop or a cinema session while a family meeting or a physiotherapy session are being developed, being open to new activities depending on their needs,