Students from the Institute of Architecture and Layout Chihuahua have utilized scaffolding, wood and material to flip a disused park fountain into a shaded urban spa for neighborhood residents .


The short-term spa has been constructed all around an existing fountain in Chihuahua’s central Urueta Park, and is formed of a circle of 9 towers constructed from metal scaffolding bars.


Every of the towers is topped by a wooden canopy, composed of scaffolding boards, and is linked to the adjacent tower with a sheet of coloured fabric. A wooden walkway leads up to the fountain, and also encircles and offers accessibility to the central water source.


The Urban Spa installation was made as part of the institution’s yearly Taller del Desierto workshop, which this yr tasked college students with designing a temporary construction in the park.


The workshop was led by Madrid architects PKMN, in collaboration with Mexico design and style studio Memela, architects Juan Castillo and Miguel Heredia, and designer Miguel García.

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Following an initial round of study and design proposals, the students found that numerous locals needed to resolve the public water fountain at the centre of the park, which had been non-functional for many years.


The task follows the installation of a wooden pathway over the Fonte Luminosa fountain in Lisbon earlier this summer season, and an initiative that extra seaside loungers, garden furnishings and toys to the water characteristics of Guimarães in 2012.


The students in Chihuahua spent a week creating the set up and one more week assembling it, operating with a group of volunteers to deliver it to existence.


The scaffolding boards, wooden walkways and platforms transform the fountain into a public bathing area. Locals can appreciate seating places, as properly as hammocks supported by the overarching scaffolding construction that also gives shade to bathers.


“It transforms the entire place by implies of the generation of a micro-climate resulting from the blend of shaded places and moving water pouring from the newly reactivated source,” architects PKMN said in a statement.


“Urban Spa was born as a unique proposal, but at the exact same time it truly is becoming considered as an different for the reactivation of unused water sources in the city of Chihuahua. Perhaps also in other cities.”

The spa will continue to be in place till the finish of September, with the university presently raising cash to flip the set up into a everlasting fixture.


Architecture studio MMX also lately employed scaffolding when it erected a temporary 6,000-square-metre structure in Mexico in just 3 and a half days.

Urban Spa by PKMN and ISAD

Portuguese architects Nuno Pimenta and Frederico Martins, meanwhile, employed the assemblage of metal poles to create a designed a pop-up hotel space for Hotel Shabby Shabby as part of Mannheim’s Theater der Welt festival.

Photography is by Bieno Jiménez and Nikola Anakabe.

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