Typology | Prototype | Concept
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 Suspended Structure interacts with the space by floating above it.
It covers and features a specific area for activities.
The space beneath is provided with different functions from the object, such as hanging swings, hanging seating, eco sounds, mirror surfaces, hanging ropes for playing, flying yoga, and interactive surfaces, among others. The hanging object can provide all of this, along with its practical functions of shadowing and general weather protection.
It is used not only to catalyze interactions, but also to attract users for commercial activity.
It can hang from other structures or be the structured in itself.
It is located in major urban areas to easily be accessed, seen and experienced. It can be attached to different urban structures – such as metro exists, plazas and esplanades – in different manifestations.
It can be situated in the street, in the center of a square or floating on top of the sidewalk. This hanging object can also be placed in semi public spaces, such as lively shopping areas, shopping malls courts yards and educational or cultural spaces.
The main objective of this conceptual prototype is to interact with the space without touching it. By merely floating above, the hanging object offers customers new ways to use and interact with the space without making any dramatic physical transformations to it.
Ultimately, the Suspended Structure 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.