Bicentennial Chilrens Park, Santiago
Alejandro Aravena  ELEMENTAL 

Bicentennial Chilrens Park, Santiago

Alejandro Aravena  ELEMENTAL 

On the downward slope of San Cristóbal Hill, north of Santiago, the Parque Bicentenario de la Infancia (Bicentennial Children’s Park) takes up a total area of four hectares, of which 1,800 square meters are playgrounds. One portion of the plot is sloping and the other is flatter as it approaches the urban fabric. The design exploits the terrain’s slope to address the ever-present dilemma of reconciling fun and play with safety, and which is essential when designing recess areas for children. The slope of the hill is made accessible with interspersed flat terraces and gentle inclines with over 60 slides for children, at a height that entails no risk for them. With the same philosophy, the perimeter fence – an element that generally creates a harsh, and sometimes dangerous, barrier – is placed along the boundary with the avenue, designed as a large hollow tube that children can enter to enjoy a route filled with changing heights and 310 linear meters. Furthermore, the park offers landscaped areas with trees to give shade, where a number of timber cabins go up amongst the treetops, as well as a play area with wáter fountains and a forest of spheres.

Obra Work

Parque Bicentenario de la Infancia 

Bicentennial Children’s Park

Cliente Client

Parque Metropolitano de Santiago, Junta Nacional de Jardines

Arquitectos Architects


Consultores Consultants

Luis Soler y Asociados (ingeniería estructural structural engineering); Marta Viveros, Macarena Arnello (paisajismo landscape)

Contratista Contractor

HP Moreira

Superficie construida Built-up area

40,000 m²

Presupuesto Budget


Fotos Photos

Cristóbal Palma; Elemental