These popular urban installations are part of a broader regeneration project to create Lefebvrian counter-spaces – opportunities to embrace idleness. A bottom-up approach was taken to enhance already-existing practical routines and sensory experiences along the waterfront, as identified by extensive analyses. Ash thermowood cladding unifies the different elements. Its cascading surfaces, including on one side of the asymmetric footbridge, invite people to sit or sprawl and enjoy bay views. The lounge is separated into three terraced fragments, giving a proper sense of spatial scale. Its underlying artificial hill lets trees grow unstunted by saline groundwater. A porous resin-bound natural stone mixture also used on the ground helps manage stormwater. Lighting is kept to a cosy minimum, to avoid disturbing the views.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture