Neither the surrounding buildings or the spatial qualities of Rosenplatz are particularly well suited to the creation of a positive public space. YellowZ, Lad+ and BPR Group joined forces to refurbish the busy thoroughfare and create a pedestrian-friendly urban space in Osnabrück, Germany. ‘The task was to create a place with spatial qualities that compete with the existing traffic-related necessities’, say the designers. A ‘transformation of the environment was made at the level of the surface’. Urban furniture introduced to the previously barren cityscape aims to ‘play and to break with today‘s predominant character of a thoroughfare’. The deck intervention is quiet and accommodates the activities that already go on on-site, providing notice boards, bus stops and benches all in two structures. The form of the new constructions is elongated in relation to the traffic lanes beside them. The structures fold into and out of the pavement while maintaining a distinct character. Wood – the main material in the intervention – is a forgiving urban material because it doesn’t conduct heat or cold. This means it is comfortable to sit on and touch in both summer and winter. The timber panels will weather over time, giving the structures an even more approachable aspect. The contemporary shape and materials differentiate the wooden structure from the existing architecture. The decks ‘lie at the edges of the square like drifting rafts’ saving pedestrians from the abyss of the traffic thoroughfare. The space is warmed by a rich blend of pinks used on traffic lanes which echo the colours of the beds of roses originally located in the transit space which gave it its name.
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