Seahorse is a water park designed for the public space of a new residential compound built in Chongqing (China). The communal public areas of the compound count with a swimming pool area for residents, which is complemented with this water playscape for kids, with the aim of fostering entertainment & social interactions among resident kids.
Designer: 100architects Client: Dongyuan Group Location: Chongqing, China Year: 2019 Built area: 440 sq.m. Design team: Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Lara Broglio, Mónica Páez, Keith Gong Construction: Dongyuan Group Photography: Amey Kandalgaonkar
Project's description: Following with the themed series of Horse playgrounds from our client, they commissioned us this new playscape with the particular request that this one had to include water features in it. When relating the Horse theme park and the water features, it was obvious for us that the twist of this project had to be a Sea Horse approach, the Horse of the water realm.
Therefore, the water park features a main sunken wet area in the shape of a Sea Horse, which can be understood not only from a pedestrian point of view within the playscape, but also from all the surrounding residential towers.
As main wet area, the Sea Horse sunken platform hosts the big majority of water features, customized in the same color palette, and sprinkling water towards the interior of that sunken wet platform.
The surrounding areas of the Sea Horse are treated in a contrasting striped color palette, defining a dry play area which contains dry playful features in order to make the playscape usable & playable also during winter months. Those dry playful features are designed in a circular shape, mimicking water ripples of activity.
The resulting image is a colorful and eye-catching playscape, which includes playing features for kids as well as shaded seating features for adults, visible from all the residential towers surrounding the central public space.