urban shade

Status
Competition
Year
2014
Location
Holon, Israel
program
Urban Space
collaborators
AL/Arch, Tal Erez

There are two issues regarding shade. The first and obvious is the fact that the shade keeps moving during the day, and through the time of year. The second is not less important: Sometimes we want the shade to go away. A sunny winter-day is one of those occasions. We could overcome those issues in a very sophisticated, technological, complex way, but we chose to rely on  human instincts – a system in which each one would be able to pick, maneuver and place his or her piece of shade.

PICK YOUR OWN SHADE – SKUGABALLONG

Our proposal is simple: creating a comfortable, encouraging surface in the middle of the square that generates activities, meetings, plays. Above it, hovering and available for use, are personal shades that can be relocated according to one’s activity. It’s simple, repetitive, reusable and generates continuous change in the square.Made from Aluminum balloons covered with recycled rip-protected, UV resistant fabric, the designed helium filled clouds are tied to an aluminum track around the edges of the surface. The tracks allow to relocate the balloons to create a shade on a chosen location, allowing the public’s activity. In addition, a smaller version of the Helium balloon will be on sale on site, allowing the public to enjoy denser shade and take it home, creating an event and awareness all over the city.