Elevated sports courts aren’t exactly a new innovation, but these courts at a Spanish primary school are particularly eye-catching. Located in Zaragoza, Spain, the design is by architect Guzman de Yarza Blache of local practice J1 Arquitectos, who responded to the tricky brief of creating more usable space at an increasingly packed school without disturbing existing activities in the 33 x 35m area. The solution was to create a raised, multi-use sports court which also allowed students to play underneath.
The construction sees a double skinned metal cage which curves inwards at the top to prevent equipment etc from flying over the side. 300 different species of ivy will grow up the side of the structure to make it less obtrusive, while brightly colored strips are painted on the ground to mark out the infantile play area. (via HUH)