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Warde by HQ architects.
HQ architects installs giant flowers that react to passersby in jerusalem
‘Warde’ is an urban installation located in the heart of jerusalem. composed of four 9-meter high by 9-meter wide inflatable flowers, this project is part of the municipality’s effort to improve the urban space of the city center and in this specific case, of the vallero’s square poor condition. the square is currently divided by a tram line into two urban spaces where facilities such as waste composters and an electricity sub-station patchwork the landscape.
‘Warde’s attempt was not to fight the chaos but instead to try and lighten up the urban space, by spreading around these four elements that have a hint of fantasy, and with their help, overcome the reality of the square. the four giant flowers were carefully positioned to be viewed from all around the square and from the adjacent market.
Each one of the sculptures is separately inflated and reacts to the situation around it: whenever pedestrians walk by, the flowers are filled with air, therefore they open up and when people walk away, they deflate.
The installation also serves as a canopy, giving shade to any passer-by that stays under the flowers. as soon as the person arrives and stays the object will inflate and stay like this until the person leaves.
The same happens when the tram is approaching the station, signaling the four flowers to open up and the people in the square to catch their transportation.
‘Warde’ occupies the public space, giving a new sensation to an area that needs it by creating an interaction with the people that use it.
The Suspended Structure is an architectural object that hangs above the area to intervene, defining the space and providing with different types of functions from above.
It is an intervention in which the architectural object intervenes in the space without touching it, yet interacts with the space from above. The interaction happens in the interface between the “ceiling” that the hanging object provides and the spaces bellow, where the users stand.
The hanging object aims to promote an alternative kind of public space interaction with a more artistic approach, in which the interface is uncommonly produced from above. This enhances the outdoor experience and triggering new social dynamics that convert the site into a highly recognizable place.