A Colorful Coachella
20. April 2022
Photo: Lance Gerber, courtesy of Coachella Music & Arts Festival
After two years of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Coachella Music & Arts Festival has returned for two weekends in April. The 2022 festival includes eleven immersive installations by architects, artist and designers, including The Playground, a colorful standout designed by Architensions.
This year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is taking place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, from April 15–17 and April 22–24. An astonishing 125,000 ticketed festival-goers will attend on each of those six sold-out days, listening to dozens of live acts but also experiencing the nearly dozen installations sprinkled across the venue grounds.
There must be something about Southern California's Coachella Valley that inspires artists and designers to tap into every color of the rainbow: in 2019, the last time the festival was held, the standout contribution was Francis Kéré's Sarbalé Ke, a dozen towers in triangles of color. Architension's The Playground continues that "tradition," as explored below in a few photographs.