wavelength

Reclaiming The Street Rotterdam / Netherlands / 2010

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‘Wavelength’ is a prototype for curvilinear street furniture that is multifunctional by accommodation of both skateboarding and pedestrian culture. A long low bench is terminated at both ends by two raised plinths in a form reminiscent of ocean waves. This is a deliberate reference to the origins of skateboarding by way of surfing. As a modular element that lends itself to various configurations, Wavelength would be constructed of precast reinforced concrete much like the empty swimming pools adopted by skateboarders as a precursor to purpose built skate parks. The geometry of the plinths lend themselves to an approach from opposite ends for use by skateboarders as a modified half pipe, while the bench component provides an amenity for the spectator or passerby to recline. Separation of the active and passive components is achieved by means of a raised ridge along the length of the bench. For durability, rounded edges would be formed of cast in steel plate which also serve to graphically emphasize the lines of action along Wavelength. In a linear configuration, modules of Wavelength would form the centerpiece of a recreational spine, with pedestrian and bicycle routes in parallel. Granular deceleration strips could be placed in between to maintain separation of the various activities. With a serpentine arrangement, related activity zones could be delineated by the modules in a park like setting. Referencing the origins of skateboarding culture, Wavelength is both a sculptural element and multifunctional piece of modular street furniture that allows for the spontaneous interaction of skateboarders with the community at large.
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    ‘Wavelength’ is a prototype for curvilinear street furniture that is multifunctional by accommodation of both skateboarding and pedestrian culture. A long low bench is terminated at both ends by two raised plinths in a form reminiscent of ocean waves. This is a deliberate reference to the origins of skateboarding by way of surfing. As a modular element that lends itself to various configurations, Wavelength would be constructed of precast reinforced concrete much like the empty swimming pools...

    Project details
    • Year 2010
    • Main structure Reinforced concrete
    • Client showroomMAMA
    • Status Competition works
    • Type Public Squares / Waterfront / Urban Furniture / Leisure Centres
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