To solve the problem of perpetually interrupted playtime outdoors for its students, the Lasalle Franciscanas School commissioned the Elevated Sports Court. A caged facility conveniently out of the way of people arriving and departing through the entrance where the playground was originally located, it has been raised up by one storey.
Created by Guzmán de Yarza Blache, a director at J1 Arquitectos, the Elevated Sports Court is located in Zaragoza, Spain. Held in place by concrete pilotis, it was created using prefabricated concrete structures as well as two layers of steel fencing. A corten steel planting box surrounds the entire Elevated Sports Court to allow ivy to grow up the outer fencing. Children have since endearingly nicknamed the structure, 'The Whale,' due to its bulbous shape.
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