Pere Vila playground

New play areas in the playground of the Pere Vila school



  • General plan of the proposal

  • The playful circuit

  • Play circuit module



  • Construction workshops


  • workshop

  • workshop

  • Play circuit

  • Play circuit

  • Play circuit

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The parents of the students promote a new playground project, dedicated to the kindergartners in order to collectively create their own friendly and naturalized space, oriented to a more free and creative environment.

Appropriate Design and Community

The design and construction was done by the students, parents, teachers and management of the school, along with the team of Straddle3 and without other external professionals. The process itself is generated in successive sessions of workshops, debates and games, in which the space is redefined and singled out while the community is reunited and recognized, mixed and reunited. An important part of the materials used are the ones reused from previous installations, above all "Consell / Decent".

The process consists of several stages. Once the general distribution has been decided - consisting mainly of a sandy area, a leisure circuit, a pergola and a kitchen-game - the execution schedule is layed out in the form of auto-construction workshops.


From the first ideas, from families, teachers and students, a series of movement games have been designed that generate different visuals and that allow experimenting with touch and music.

Part of the material resources of the project came from an installation made by Straddle3 in the Car Free Day of the same year, called "Consell / Decent". This detail allowed us to create enough elements with limited investment and a link was established between the two processes.


In the first three sessions, the sandbox and the decoration of the fence with plants were built. The material was prepared for the next phase and a barbecue was held in a festive atmosphere.


In a third workshop the kitchenette was built and repairs were made to the existing furniture.


The next step was the construction of the ludic circuit -in several days- since it was the element with the most complexity. This circuit is the most complete element of the patio. It consists of 6 modules, which are connected and interlocked to generate a continuous circuit, allowing kids to move freely and play; passing through a balance module, a step module, a module to climb, another to rest and another to look.

June 2017
Straddle3, parents and Barcelona Education Consortium
Ampa of the school Pere Vila. Barcelona
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