WALKIE-TALKIE is a “built” elongated plaza, in which the space is filled with mass, building soft volumes that invite for interaction.
It is a typology that we call “sidewalk plaza” since it is meant to be located alongside a pedestrian path or any pedestrian flow in public or semi public spaces.
5 different components are established serving the sidewalk and the pedestrian passers-by: seating grandstand, Lounge planter, Discussion & study table, Mini cinema and Elastic bed.
Functional Diagram / ©100architects
The 5 functions work in both ways, independently and collaboratively: they can be arranged in different modes, giving plenty of options for different sequences and configurations.
This proposal is highly flexible and it provides opportunity for any eventual unpredictable change.
Module and Materiality
The proposal follows a modular system with a cube as base geometry and smallest unit. This is a due to its flexibility and ease as a mobile piece of street architecture.
It is combination of three different modules:
01. The single cube ( 450mm W x 450mm L x 450mm H) ; 02. the middle size block – volume equivalent to 3 cubes ( 450 mm W x 1350mm L x 450mm H); and 03. the big size block – volume equivalent to 5 cubes ( 450 mm W x 2250mm L x 450mm H).
The main material used is high compression, high density polyurethane base foam, top and ends laminated with 2” of cross linked polyethylene, 2” polyester web handles and with special Velcro placement along the edges connected side-by-side, end-to-end or on top of one another.
The uses and activities proposed are a mini theatre for projections, a debating table for spontaneous interactions, a megaphone platform, where diverse Street artists and musicians perform freely, meeting points, grandstands for observing performances, elastic bed and a lounge area among many others.
These uses naturally complement the dynamics that arise spontaneously on any elongated circulation space.
The design does not interfere with the circulation.
It can be positioned alongside of any elongated space, sidewalk or existing plaza, facilitating new forms of collective gathering and engagement with the city.
It is street architecture without ground that can accompany any existing space where there is a constant flow of people.
It can be moved, recycled, taken away and placed again and again.
It is an authentic piece of street architecture that invites for interaction.