A bar inspired by bicycle serves as the boundary yet invites playfulness. It further makes a statement for a cycling-centric transportation culture
Project: Reclaims the encroached land and makes it open to all.
In the beginning, people doubted, how can a tiny piece of land provide the experience of a pocket park. The project reclaimed the previously encroached site and sculpted a serpentine path. The hierarchy of pathways with a subtle transition gives a meandering experience to the passers-by.
As the site is quantitatively very small, efforts have been made to balances the rigidity and limitations of the site. The 4 feet level difference of the site is connected via a ramp with a gradient slope that merges with the natural traits allowing informal sittings. The rainwater can find its natural course from the gapes between the rough cut flagstones.
Amid a lot of vehicular movements in the adjacent street, it offers active and passive amenity to the urban dwellers. There are peaceful encounters, people are passing by and yet you can sit here and have your own space. A small pocket park breathes hope in between the dense concretes. This pocket park can accommodate fair numbers of users as a place to meet, mingle, unwind, and get inspired. I see it as a living installation that grows over time.
The completion of this pocket park gave a start to the process of uniting the urban and the natural.
Location: Pulchowk Lalitpur
Concept and Supervision: Milan Rai (Artist )
Architects: Kusum Shrestha, Prajal Pradhan Karishma Manandhar, Mahesh Maharjan (A for Architecture firm)
THE PARK IS GROWING
A slight change on the backside of the contemporary seating created an elevated area in the pocket park that required a guard rail. Typically, old boring repeated bar designs lack a dose of aesthetics. I took this opportunity to infuse feelings in everyday materials and design an installation that serves as a guard rail.
This curved installation follows the site-specific characters and topography of the park establishing a liaison between the people who use the park, the growing trees and the plants. The form is inspired by a plant called cascuta reflexa also known as the love vine, akashabela which drapes, twirls, and depends on other host plants. In ethnobotany, it is called a miracle plant used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat, jaundice, muscle pain, and coughs.
The installation emerges from a pit where the big tree will be planted and it continues to stretch onward representing the vigor of the plant. Art coupled with the attention in the natural world is a reflection on how cities should coexist with nature to be more liveable cities, than their current state