This newly inaugurated playground is located within the Serafeio swimming pool complex, in an area of Athens in need for public space, especially one that is children-friendly. The projected space creates play opportunities for four different age groups (toddlers, pre-school and school children and teenagers) and is wheelchair accessible. The design promotes playing as a growth mechanism and an opportunity to learn and create. The space is organized in two levels:
The upper level – sensory landscape is designed for younger children. The different materials – cobblestone, sand, wood, earth- the colored paving formations, the vast variety of Mediterranean plants and the artificial landforms stimulate the senses and encourage an educational experience.
The lower level – urban plaza addresses mostly school children and teenagers. The area under the cypresses and poplars is transformed into a plaza that creates the opportunity for socialization and user interaction; a place to “see and be seen”.
In the intersection of the two levels an artificial hill is formed; a sculptural formation that encourages blending and free play.
The result is a playful and educational space in the heart of Athens that motivates children, ameliorates public space and promotes open-space progressive learning.