LIVING PLAYGROUND NO.12
Location : London, UK
Type : Open International Competition, A New Landmark for Aldgate
Status : Shortlisted, Exhibited at the London Festival of Architecture 2010
Year : 2010
Team : Isaac Michan Daniel, Eduardo Lorenzana
Our proposal for a new landmark aims to break the barriers between the spectator and a standard landmark, as this structure completes itself with the user’s interaction.
As the landmark is made to commemorate London 2012 Olympics, rather than conceiving it as a symbolic sculpture with a re-presentation of what the Olympics stands for, we want to leave its meaning open, commemorating it through the use of public space and its interaction with people; throughout a democratic representation of space, allowing people to give its own understanding and meaning.
We believe that a contemporary monument of this nature should be about celebrating life through a public space.
The landmark is conceived as a single surface, wrapped around in a voronoi pattern, emerging on an artificial topography. This unique design responds to certain contextual conditions and will evolve naturally as the visitor will begin to interact with the structure. The visitor’s experience will set the final touch to the design process.
By mapping the pedestrian flow pattern, we realized that there is an empty space in the center of the site that can be used to our advantage. Our design concept started from there and by manipulating the surface, we created shades, seating and relaxing spaces, never forgetting about green areas.
The surface can also be conceived as a hybrid urban piece of furniture, gradually emerging from one program to other, forming canopies, platforms, benches and everything that the visitor will create and cannot be repeated. In other words, it is a living playground that can be adapted and transformed to any context.
Our landmark will invite people to a mutual interaction and will awake the creative motivation in every visitor.
The proposed landmark is a wooden structure with steel connectors, concrete foundations and the plaza is made with local stone. It is made at low cost, it is easy to build, un-build and maintain.
The infinite-possible applications of public space will meet a flexible structure: Not because the landmark will modify its forms, but because the visitor will adapt and modify its use, creating a new structure every time.