The idea occurred when contemplating the potentially conflicting relationship between pedestrians and drivers. There’s barely any place that is actually equally as welcoming to the people walking, and those driving, often (and logically) resulting in the clear separation of both. In the transformation of Place Jéhan Steichen we see the unique potential of bringing both parties together, by challenging our expectations of what a parking lot is supposed to look like.
By constructing vertical planting racks and the well thought-out distribution of them over the parking lot, we’d create a small botanical garden, without interfering with the functionality and safety of the parking lot. The space will invite people strolling by to explore the botanical variety, and get informed about the plants’ characteristics on illustrated information displays, while the view and singularity of the car park will be equally as attractive to drivers.
On occasions, open air workshops can be hosted that make use of the plants on site such as a kids’ workshop to extracting natural pigments from plants and making their own paint, or bundle dye workshops for textiles. That way, an ultimately profane space of a single use would be transformed into an innovative urban attraction.