London style collective WMB Studio has created a miniature modular park that monitors air top quality and provides plant-covered seating for passersby (+ slideshow).
The yr-lengthy set up is part of Crew London Bridge’s Fresh Air Squares initiative – which aims to increase nearby environments.
The studio was tasked with producing a mobile micro-green room that could substitute two auto parking spaces, and raise awareness of pollution in London.
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Set up on Tooley Street, close to London Bridge, the “parklet” characteristics a zigzagging bench constructed employing scaffolding boards. The wood has been left untreated to let for normal weathering.
The sides of every board are painted vivid red to create flashes of colour, and create a “vibrant, shifting vertical pattern” when observed closer up.
“We approached the brief by making a singular sculptural seating component close to which zones of planting and pockets of room could take place and overlap,” stated WMB Studio, which previously converted a lifeguard outpost on Toronto’s waterfront into a set of vibrant red swings.
Geometric galvanised steel plant pots slot into the spaces developed by the bench, and are developed to be re-used singularly or in a variety of linked configurations.
“The resulting interwoven sequence of seating and planting gives a buffer zone to the hectic street, and creates an organic extension of the pavement to inspire opportunity meetings and interactions,” the studio additional.
The bench and planter sections have been constructed to be adaptable to a variety of different locations, and can be scaled up or down depending on the room accessible.
An on-website air quality keep track of sends information back to an app and internet site, and is element of Kings University London’s network of information assortment factors.
The parklet opened on twenty November 2015 and is the initial task to be delivered as part of Transport for London’s Future Streets Incubator fund – which has committed £1.8 million towards bettering public spaces in the capital.
The Tooley Street mini park will stay in location for a year, and 3 even more Fresh Air Squares will be extra to the London Bridge spot across the up coming yr.
London studio Bell Philips has also designed a new green room for the city, converting a Kings Cross Victorian gasoline holder into a circular park surrounded by a polished steel pavilion.
Photography is by Ed Butler and Mickey Lee.