Experience and environments design.
Design of public space comes in all shapes and sizes, and should serve a wide variety of purposes and needs. As the attention to the improvement of public spaces keeps growing, we focused in a project where we could transform an open space and grant it a sense of purpose, allowing to increment it’s use and benefits.
The goal is to create a place that has both a strong sense of community and a comfortable image, as well as a setting where various activities can take place that collectively add up to something bigger and transforms itself into a relevant place in the community where people want to be. It should instill a sense of pride in the people who live and work in the surrounding area.
We envisioned a space that can be used for various activities, from as small play and a communal gathering to a place to relax and enjoy the rest of your day. We valued the right balance between privacy and openness, designing a friendly structure that invites passers-by to enter.
The structure consists of a semi-circular bench 7 m in diameter with a 1.8m tall steps that slant gently on one side forming different levels to sit down, leaving a 3.5 m diameter “stage” at the centre of the structure where numerous activities can take place.
Proxemics and Form
In social situations people often speak with a normal voice level at a distance of 1 to 4m. In such case the voice level should not exceed 55-60 dB.
In open spaces and recreational areas, people often communicate with very loud or raised voice level at distances of 5 to 10m. In such cases the background noise should not exceed 45-55 dB.
For the design of the work piece was considered an area that could accommodate the personal distance of 4 persons, not exceeding the normal communication distance of open space which is 5 - 10m, resulting in an inner diameter of 3.5 m