By its very nature, architecture tends to have a particular longevity to the place in which it is situated – and you would hope, have a real connection to that place also. Transitory architecture examples are fewer and farther afield, with pop up architecture confined to expo pavilions at the topmost end and perhaps even market stalls at the everyday end, but this appears to be changing.
Each year we hear of how another pop up has, er, popped up in our cities – with a larger amount taking the form of a type of architecture.
But how can landscape and architecture be combined in this pop up arena? How can designers create tiny little sanctuaries within our urban environments which can affect change to inhabitants of a location?
Of late, we have seen an interesting range of interventions – from the softwalk additions to existing scaffolding to installations that are confined to skips, but it was these bubble gardens by designer Amaury Gallon that were installed temporarily in Paris that offered the closest pop up way to a completely new environment.
A true bubble within the city – in all ways.
The pop up structures featured a range of planted material which were located around the edges of the igloos and offered Parisians a complete escape from the hustle of the city by creating an enclosing environment for the short time they were up.
There is of course an argument for these types of structures to be more permanent features within our cities, but at that point the beauty and eclecticism of the pop up is lost, as they net into the solid and planned fabric of our built environments. Surely the unexpected is an inherent part of their wonderful appeal?
But there is a lot that the more permanent cousins of the pop up architectural model can learn – context, interest, variety and of course – creating a bit of fun for us all.
(image via inhabitat)