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China’s Magma Flow park is inspired by volcanoes

The designers of the new Magma Flow public space in Ningbo, China, used a mighty volcano as a muse to create a “hectic and eye-catching” pedestrian walkway.

100 Architects’ Magma Flow Park in Ningbo, China.

Shanghai-based 100 Architects was commissioned by the local government to “activate[ing] this pedestrian crossroads” in a brand new commercial and residential area of ​​the port city. For maximum value, they decided to turn the entire park into a metaphorical volcanic eruption filled with bright, eye-catching reds, oranges, and yellows.

Families sit and play along the colorful steps of the new Magma Flow Park in Ningbo, China.

Families sit and play along the colorful steps of the new Magma Flow Park in Ningbo, China.

The 14,000 square foot park uses small stairways to signal the beginnings of a figurative effusion of the earth’s crust. Tiered and overlapping shade structures symbolize the contagious lava of fun escaping upwards and pouring down through a slide and down the wide steps.

People interact with fun games and obstacles around Magma Flow Park in Ningbo.

People interact with fun games and obstacles around Magma Flow Park in Ningbo.

100 Architects' Magma Flow Park in Ningbo, China.

100 Architects’ Magma Flow Park in Ningbo, China.

The magma continues its inviting flow around a picnic table and stools. A ramp from an adjacent building is painted a brilliant orange, spilling the excitement towards a large playground. Visitors can follow fire-colored trails around the park and tackle climbing shapes, small hills, and a giant tic-tac-toe table along the way. A swing pergola, swings, more slides, punching bags and tunnels invite all passers-by. LED string lights line the shade and play structures, and spotlights on the trees create an attractive ambiance at night.

The LED lights of the Magma Flow Park facilities emit a warm glow after dark.

The LED lights of the Magma Flow Park facilities emit a warm glow after dark.

For less nimble pedestrians, 100 Architects also included several rest and rest areas with sun-blocking awnings. A mahjong table and swings for adults complete the experience.

“The flow of magma creates an intense and lively circuit of events and spaces arising alongside it,” explain the designers. “Overall, the proposal creates an incandescent public space that acts as an urban attractor and entertainment hotspot.”

Breakdown of Magma Flow Park designed by 100 architects in Ningbo, China.

Breakdown of Magma Flow Park designed by 100 architects in Ningbo, China.

According to the company’s website, “100 Architects was born with a mission to improve our cities and the experience of citizens in the public realm.” They are known for their colorful and playful temporary street installations throughout China, and for their original landscape architecture in places like Hong Kong, Mexico City and Santiago. Energetic colors and an abundance of geometric shapes characterize their designs. The Magma Flow project fits perfectly into the company’s global niche, the so-called “neighborhood interventions”.

Guests walk along the path and tackle obstacles in China's new Magma Flow Park.

Guests walk along the path and tackle obstacles in China’s new Magma Flow Park.

The company adds “the main objective of this typology is to create massive public interest in the place through a strong visual impact, generally of a permanent nature, encouraging the rise of a large public affluence and establishing an urban landmark. which can cultivate an important human dynamic and energize commercial activity.

A man lies along the fire-colored path through Magma Flow Park in China.

A man lies along the fire-colored path through China’s Magma Flow Park.

Ningbo is the second most populous city in Zhejiang Province, China, and 100 Architects hope the Magma Flow project will be “of such scale and notoriety” that it will “impact not only the immediate surrounding urban environment, but rather on the urban dynamics”. of an entire district, becoming an urban landmark and a local attractor of social interactions in a given district.

Although an actual volcano is more likely to inspire fear than pleasure, it’s hard not to get carried away by the colorful currents of Magma Flow.

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