Playground Slides Project.
Formes Publiques 2014.
La Défense Biennial for Urban Furniture Design.
www.ladefense.fr
Contracting body : Defacto.
Artistic direction : Nez Haut.
Assistant production : Le TroisièmePôle.
Construction : Archi Made Folies and Ecogom.
Esplanade du Général De Gaulle.
From 19th June 2014 to 30th July 2015.

In the urban setting of La Défense, exposed to an architectural space with large dimensions, a reflection on the uses carried out across the community, enables proposed objects to be envisaged thatgive a new dimension to the easy to manipulate immediate surroundings of the users.The playground theme is virtually intrinsic to this unique public space. On the scale of the esplanade, the Esplanade de La Défense resembles a huge board game.

Slides proposes an “activity mat” or “playground” designed for children of all ages as well as adults. Routes and circuits take shape as the different elements are randomly interpreted (passage, steps, platform, ramp and handrail) and take place on the existing esplanade relief. With its blue rubber floor, Slides reconfigures public space into a temporary play and relaxation area to generate a giant ramp of the uses, an ergonomic and dynamic morphing.
The succession of forms and stainless steel furniture (slide, large table and climbing module) responds to the stances and appropriations possible, so that users meet at this public area armed with a choice of uses.

Stainless steel furniture
Painted galvanised steel perimeter.
Blue rubber floor, EPDM.

25 x 5 x 2 m

Photos : 11h45