It is an functional architectural platform inserted on top of an existing urban environment.
Study models and prototypes
Typology of intervention | Concept
It is an inhabitable architectural object inserted on top of an existing urban environment, but alienated from its surroundings. This architectural object intervenes in the space by touching the ground and acting as an accessible and multifunctional platform, allowing people to stand on top of it and interact directly.
It has a non-territorial nature, in the sense that it keeps a clear formal and aesthetic distinction and a movable condition – most of the time.
It has a strong visual impact; it can be flat or tilted and host or embody different functions, such as amphitheaters, multi level and vertical green parks, sitting areas, restaurants, small commercial spaces, game courts, F&B, urban green areas, interactive surfaces, hammock areas or swimming pools, among others.
It usually provides programmatic features that complement and enhance the surrounding environment to catalyze important commercial activity.
It is located in major urban areas to easily be accessed, seen and experienced. It can be attached to different urban contexts – such as circulation spaces, parks and esplanades – in different manifestations. It can be situated on the sidewalk, in the street, floating in the water, or even in the center of a square.
This architectural object can also be placed in semi public spaces, such as lively shopping areas, shopping mall courtyards and commercial terraces, as well as educational or cultural spaces.
The main objective of this conceptual prototype is to enhance the public space with a charismatic metropolitan object that generates a remarkable impact on the surrounding environment, fostering identification with a particular point of the city.
These spaces become highly significant in the collective consciousness of the people around them, so that the object often triggers social effects of fellowship and empathy.
Ultimately, it is designed to generate a massive public interest in the space, encouraging the rise of high public affluence, and becoming a remarkable virtual landmark that attracts customers and cultivates important commercial activity.
All models were produced in 100architects office as part of our research on prototypes for street architecture and urban interventions.