Silvia Bachetti – Agnese Casadio / Berlin – Bologna
Installation in Paseo del Espolón
The installation Arch-play is an invitation to shift our usual perspective on architecture and the city. It creates a new, playful relationship between the band of parking lots and the adjacent facades along Calle Muro de la Mata.
The distinctive archway architecture is extracted from its context and turned upside down, with colourful elastic nets located in lieu of arches.
The resulting installation transforms a solid piece of architecture into a soft landscape, a hybrid between an oversized urban sofa and a playground. Residents and visitors alike are invited to crawl in, lie down or roll around and jump on the net.
As such, not only does Arch-play establish a visual link with the setting, but it also enables new meaning and uses for the project site: from an area for vehicles and transit, into a place for rest and a unique opportunity for urban leisure and fun.
In flipping the point of view, it encourages people to reclaim the space of their cities with unconventional uses that foster social interaction.