The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick" said the Witch, "so you cannot miss it. When you get to Oz do not be afraid of him, but tell your story and ask him to help you. Good-bye, my dear. 
L.Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1900

The goal of this project is to create a ludoteca which represents the idea of universal, integrated, open and inclusive accessibility. A space that lends itself to autonomy and active use and provides comfort to children with disabilities.

In order to achieve our purpose, we count on three elements in this project: a ramp (1) that runs through all the spaces in the ludoteca ; a large central space (2) that consists in a wooden box structure strategically pierced in order to obtain crossed views and connections between the spaces of the building; a series of patios (3) that characterize each ambient of the ludoteca and help to follow the course of the ramp.

The ludoteca offers two concentric spaces: the central one, private and invisible from the outside, faces the indoor patios and its green areas; the perimetrical space, which is intended to face the exterior. On the ground floor, this intention is materialized in the continuity of the rooms towards the garden, which enlarges this way the children’s playing areas. On the first floor this perimetrical space is characterized by the high luminosity generated by the building’s double skin, which softens sunlight as well as lets an efficient energy control.

A project by



Municipality of Milan


    Alba Balmaseda
Ariadna Barrio
Esaú Acosta


    Euteca S.L.


Alba Balmaseda
Ariadna Barrio
Esaú Acosta

Thanks to

Alicia Palacios
Marta Sequeiros Brasa
Franco Felli
Gianpiero Venturini


Photo by Philip Mak


Born in La Coruña, Spain, in 1985. Graduated as an architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2010. Granted with the Erasmus program in La Sapienza University of Rome in 2007. Diploma Thesis rated as outstanding and winner of a National Prize in 2011. Secured a Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Projects at the Polytechnic University of Madrid in September 2011. 

Combines the practice of architecture with academic research and teaching. Collaborated actively with Irisarri+Piñera Architects, Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas (VIC) and Anupama Kundoo Architects. Developed academic research and teaching at Vastu Shilpa Foundation in Amhedabad, University of Nairobi, Tokyo Wonder Site, University IUAV Venice, KAKD Copenhagen or TU Berlin.

Co-founder of the BarrioBalmaseda studio which ran from 2014 to 2020. Since 2020 she has started a new architectural practice focused on design, teaching and research. Currently Guest Assistant Professor at Stuttgart School of Architecture and Planning and PhD candidate at Roma Tre University Department of Architecture. 


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