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.
Parque Bicentenario de la Infancia
Bicentennial Children’s Park
Parque Metropolitano de Santiago, Junta Nacional de Jardines
Luis Soler y Asociados (ingeniería estructural structural engineering); Marta Viveros, Macarena Arnello (paisajismo landscape)
Superficie construida Built-up area
Cristóbal Palma; Elemental