Public Fountains Hacked into Colorful Pools in Guimarães, Portugal

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It is such a great idea that it seems strange we haven't seen it done everywhere.

Public fountains were actually functional in the beginning, used to provide water for drinking, bathing or washing to city residents, but with time, although they continued to be gathering spaces, they became mostly decorative.

Participating in the contest Performance Architecture, which sought to select five urban interventions to be implemented in the city of Guimarães to celebrate its status as European Capital of Culture, Portuguese studio Like Architects and fashion designer Ricardo Dourado proposed to turn the city's public fountains into pools.

© Dinis Sottomayor

© Dinis Sottomayor

Their idea became a reality when they were chosen among the winners, and the Portuguese city has seen its fountains turn into colorful and lively hangout spaces with loungers, stripy parasols, plastic tables and chairs, inflatable rings and colorful plastic balls.

A perfect, low impact way to beat the heat in the urban jungle.

© Dinis Sottomayor

© Dinis Sottomayor

Fountain Hacks ( a77 and Dezeen) will be taking Guimarães public waters until the end of August. Hopefully, it will also inspire cities everywhere.

© Dinis Sottomayor

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