A knotty lattice of colorful play-tubes is an intriguing use of a public space.

They say the city is an urban jungle. But an urban jungle gym? A\V Studio‘s new design for a spunky tubular playground at the foot of Morphosis’ Cooper Union New Academic Building proposes just that. "CMYPlay" is a knotty lattice of colorful play-tubes embedded in the ground floor of the Morphosis building, with crawl spaces wrapped around slanting columns and each other in a dense social thicket "befitting of Manhattan." The fanciful design is an appealing gesture and an intriguing use of what is virtually empty space. Who could resist an afternoon romp in there?

"CMYPlay" was submitted as an entry to the 3Dimensional Front, which asked firms to create an interactive space outside the Milavec Hakimi Gallery at 41 Cooper Square. A\V Studio’s proposal attempts to "thicken" the facade by rehabilitating the underskirt area as an active social space within the local city fabric. Burrowing visitors will (quite literally) run into strangers and colleagues alike, while the tops of the tubes can be used as street furniture. The clash of color and use of cheap plastic are a pointed contrast to the overwrought details and altogether perfect surfaces of the Morphosis building. If it were built, the architects that the tubes could be recycled and sent to various playgrounds and schools to be re-used for purposes of play.

All images © A\V Studio


All images courtesy of A\V Studio

This post originally appeared on Architizer, an Atlantic partner site.

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