Structure and Gardens
The project finds part of its identity through a paradoxical situation: at the same time open, because of its passing character, and closed, because of the strong definition of its limits. The presence of a new canopy institutes a new reference figure among a deconstructed urban context, a primitive shelter dedicates for metropolitan entertainments.
The project fit into a broader context which aims to create new public spaces among particularly dense urban environments, taking part of a metropolitan tradition in Brussels composed by a constellation “pocket parks”. By transforming the status of the original leftover site, the project postulates for a new balance between public and private places.
The project’s neutrality meets the programmatically non-defined hypothesis assigned to this specific public space, it guarantees polyvalence and reversibility of uses in order to provide a long-lasting platform for the city. The site offers a new open-air “chamber” and would be managed and animated, by appointments, with local associative communities.
The site dimension and the absence of any specific equipment confer to the project a typological ambiguity – nor a court, nor a patio, nor a park, nor a garden – a space of “all the probability” which finds its origin out of closed garden’s family and revives with the well-known historical model of the “hortus conclusus” through contemporary conditions. From that respect, the project is preliminary based on the redefinition of new boundaries, regarding both their administrative implantation and their architectural treatment.
In situ concrete