FLOW An Elemental Playground
The task for FLoW was to create a playground for children around one of the five senses incorporating a single and specific architectural material. I chose to address the sensation of touch and used concrete as the building material. FLoW is located in the forested areas of the Pacific Northwest and due to the large amount of precipitation in this region, I chose to site FLoW in Skamania, Washington next to the Lower Lewis Falls(seen below). Here, I could use the proximal distance to flowing water and reroute it, essentially turning the playground into a type of irrigation structure with the intent to entice the play and touch of water. The early studies show programmatic separation into four distinct areas that would each highlight waters differing levels of activity; rapid water, flowing water, and still water. Later, these separate areas were consolidated into a single elegant form that would accentuate water's varying levels of turbidity.