Factoria Joven (Teenager’s Playground), Merida Spain – Selgas Cano

Carlos Javier Rodríguez Jiménez was a physical education teacher at the Institute Pedro de Valdivia de Villanueva de la Serena (Badajoz, Spain). Rodríguez believed that sports and non-competitive activities and hobbies such as hip-hop dancing or skating, could help in understanding and educating young people. It was Rodriguez along with four companions, who introduced in 2006 a pioneering project: The Factoría Joven – or a teenager’s playground. Architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano implemented the design idea, a lightweight polycarbonate building like a colorful porch open to the city.