RAMATH RATH

A WOVEN PLAYGROUND AT YOUR DOORSTEP

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

The basic idea of our proposal departs from the architecturalization of different weaving patterns —purposed as platforms of play— that have a distinct nomadic character. The core of the playground is conformed by a series of interlaced flexible ropes, meant for children to climb and crawl within in a completely open-ended manner, forming a labyrinth of soft surfaces and containing nets for the safety of children: this is, however, an enclosure where adults are not allowed. In order to reach this core of free play, a set of diagonal netted ropes transform the ascent into a game in itself, being protected by semi-translucent deployable roofs that are partly manufactured through weaving patterns of lighter strings. Furthermore, the playground possesses a storage facility that opens up towards the city, revealing different games, toys, props, and rugs, which allow a second space to be conformed on the back part of the playground: a small-scaled controlled environment for the smallest toddlers which require more attention from their care-givers.

Aside from this, we propose a set of eight deployable ‘khatlas’ which work both as devices that conform a protective perimeter to the extended playground —by virtue of their vertical character— as well as sitting arrangements for care-givers that have to be constantly observing the situation. This ‘khatlas’ depart from the traditional woven techniques of configuring public furniture in many parts of India, yet reformulating them as architectural objects that can conform an urban enclosure.

Over and above, this nomadic woven playground seeks to provide a safe space for small children to play in indeterminate ways, while configuring spontaneous places in, otherwise, leftover spaces of the city of Baroda.