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  • 04.02.09

Asphalt Eyesore Transformed Into a Living Outdoor Palace

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A grade school in Sweden had a problem: Their “playground” was really nothing more than a vast flat slab of asphalt–better suited to prison inmates pumping iron than kids lollygagging and playing tag. They wanted a change, but had no cash. So the architectural firm Visiondivision obliged, producing a design for a so-called “Rapid Palace” by tearing up the asphalt according to a floorplan, and planting the exposed ground with a Swedish form of bamboo (a material famous for its strength, height, and rapid growth). The  resulting sculpted bamboo forest produces a series of play areas, and smaller classrooms for outdoor teaching when the weather is nice. Check out the proposed transformation

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The asphalt wasteland: 

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The proposed floorplan, torn into the existing asphalt…

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…and then planted with bamboo: 

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As this rendering shows, the tall bamboo also gives the children the power to cast bubbles from their hands and paint immense and highly artistic murals:

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[Via Designboom

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Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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