In this project each group must select a plot within a small park developed in an urban area and develop a use for that space to be used by the residents of the surroundings.
The area is mostly residential, located very near the Besòs river, there are a couple bars/restaurants as well as shops in the area, otherwise the buildings surrounding the park are mostly residential with the town court house and registry at the extremity of the park. In in image above North is vertically upwards, which as a result, our plot (number 6 on the image below) will not be getting a lot of shade, which, while being a positive attribute during the winter becomes unbearable in summer; something to take into consideration with the design of the project.
For this proposal, my partner and I have decided to make a beer-garden. The first source of inspiration came from the BTLØ beer garden in Gleisdreiek park in Berlin, Germany. The idea behind this was to create a laid back social space where parents who would have come to the park with their children can relax or for young people to have some down time outdoors, in a more social and friendly environment.
The plot is surrounded by to others, number seven and eight which also have more relaxed calm purposes. On this plot are three trees and its connected to three sets of benches. The surrounding area is quite residential, resulting in people coming especially if they have children to absorb some of the outdoors. The idea for this beer-garden, in my eyes will work because otherwise there isn’t anywhere where parents can sit and have a drink be it beer, or coffee while letting their kids run around, as any kind of cafe would be near the road and therefore dangerous. This is also a more agreeable place for young people as we will be placing more comfortable seating and there will be trees, greenery, less exhaust from passing traffic and possibly also less noise. With the service point having a more bar like layout the approach and overall interaction is calmer, equally for the consumers as for the suppliers. The positive about this instalment too is that it could be run out of one of the nearby cafes as a spin-off project for reasons concerning competition; or it could be taken as a hub serving a small selection of local beers, coffee roasts, beverages and snacks.
We begun brainstorming on a traced copy of the plot, considering different shapes or position for the potential bar, resulting in the scheme below:
Here the bar acts as the nucleus of the plot with seating on it and around it. The idea was that the bar itself could be dynamic, for example have tables folding out from the faces or seating along the sides, it also faces many directions allowing whomever is working inside to have control over the whole area.
Next we considered that we should add something for the kids whose parents may be in the area to profit of the space by placing individual trampolines made by taking earth out of the ground and placing a plastic material on top, also surrounding the area in rubber flooring for safety.
We then added seats, the idea behind these was to be able to have seats that can equally be social or work for an individual looking for some quiet and comfort to read a book for example thanks to their bean shape. These seats were once placed as an installation around central Geneva and even during the winter when people used them simply to wait for a tram or to have a conversation with a friend, even seeing university students use them to do some revision in the sun, they worked with utmost success. Unfortunately I could not find a photo of these but below is a diagram showing how they could be used for two people. To follow with these chairs we considered a bookshelf attached to the bar where people could borrow a book to read while dinking their coffee or bear and put back once they finished.
Once we scaled these and drew them in an autocad file we noticed we had more space than we had thought but still felt that to achieve this sense of calm the space must breath and have space all around it.