HQ architects installs giant flowers that react to passersby in jerusalem
 
HQ architects installs giant flowers that react to passersby in jerusalem
oct 26, 2015

HQ architects installs giant flowers that react to passersby in jerusalem

created by HQ architects, ‘warde’ is an urban installation located in the heart of jerusalem. composed of four 9-meter high by 9-meter wide inflatable flowers, this project is part of the municipality’s effort to improve the urban space of the city center and in this specific case, of the vallero’s square poor condition. the square is currently divided by a tram line into two urban spaces where facilities such as waste composters and an electricity sub-station patchwork the landscape. 

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when no one is around, the flowers stay closed | all images © dor kedmi, courtesy of HQ architects

 

 

warde’s attempt was not to fight the chaos but instead to try and lighten up the urban space, by spreading around these four elements that have a hint of fantasy, and with their help, overcome the reality of the square. the four giant flowers were carefully positioned to be viewed from all around the square and from the adjacent market. each one of the sculptures is separately inflated and reacts to the situation around it: whenever pedestrians walk by, the flowers are filled with air, therefore they open up and when people walk away, they deflate.

 

video courtesy of HQ architects 

 

 

 

the installation also serves as a canopy, giving shade to any passer-by that stays under the flowers. as soon as the person arrives and stays the object will inflate and stay like this until the person leaves. the same happens when the tram is approaching the station, signaling the four flowers to open up and the people in the square to catch their transportation. ‘warde’ occupies the public space, giving a new sensation to an area that needs it by creating an interaction with the people that use it.

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the flowers react to people walking under them by inflating

hq architects warde
the blow-up flowers serve as a canopy for pedestrians looking for shade 

hq architects warde
the installation also serves as a canopy, giving shade to any passer-by

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during the night the installation is equipped with lights, illuminating the public space 

hq architects warde
‘warde’s attempt was not to fight the chaos but instead to try and lighten up the urban space

hq architects warde
each one of the sculptures is separately inflated and reacts to the situation around it

 

 

 

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edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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