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Public Space with Magma Flow Concept by 100 Architects

Izzulhaq Alfaiz · April 28th, 2023
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Above View Magma Flow Public Space, Photo by Rex ZouAbove View Magma Flow Public Space, Photo by Rex Zou

Like lava flowing from the top of a volcano, 100 Architects designed Magma Flow Public Space by Sharing a design concept. A public space with a less productive courtyard in a commercial building area. Located in the port city of Ningbo, China, the space is equipped with amenities such as seating and resting areas under the canopy, mahjong & tic-tac-toe tables, and lounge areas for adults. In addition, there is also children's entertainment, such as swings, seesaws, slides, hill bumps, tunnels, punching bags & challenging obstacles along the circuit.

Magma Flow Public Space site plan, Source by 100 ArchitectsMagma Flow Public Space site plan, Source by 100 Architects

At first, this area was an empty courtyard intended for access to the second floor and tended to be inactive. Therefore, 100 Architects designed this public space with a striking concept to be the center of attention for the community. To continue the narrative in the rest of the space, large stains of erupting magma flatten the ground surface with fun colors and functions for children and adults, resulting in a very interesting multifunctional square right at the pedestrian intersection. The magma flow creates a chain of events, and intense & vivid space emerges on its side.

Magma Flow Public Space, Photo by Rex ZouMagma Flow Public Space, Photo by Rex Zou

Magma Flow Public Space, Photo by Rex ZouMagma Flow Public Space, Photo by Rex Zou

As a public space, Magma Flow is designed as a supporting facility and a forum for urban community activities that pass through this area. In addition, this public space serves as a new urban attraction center and general entertainment hotspot for apartment residents and the general public. One of this place's distinctive features is a large staircase that serves as pedestrian access to the second floor open to the street. 100 Architects colored this staircase red, orange, and yellow as magma flowed after the eruption. The area also adds public activities, including several theaters and providing stairs with platforms to hang out and rest. The shading structure is designed like a volcanic eruption that casts a shadow over the resting area, and even some slides resemble lava erupting down a hill.

Magma Flow Public Space, Photo by Rex ZouMagma Flow Public Space, Photo by Rex Zou

Magma Flow Public Space, Photo by Rex ZouMagma Flow Public Space, Photo by Rex Zou

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