Parks and Squares: 20 Public Space Designs

Henning G. Kruses Plads / BIG. Photo: © Rasmus Hjortshøj

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Designing a public space means contemplating the aspects of everyday life in the city. Creating places for gatherings, conflicts, demonstrations, relaxation, and enjoyment. These spaces can be used in many different ways, depending on who interacts with them, and one of the main roles of those who design them is to expand these possibilities and sensations. Including plants, benches, sports facilities, spaces for culture, arts, and performances, conservation areas, or any other element that stands out, is essential to improve the quality of life of the citizens who enjoy these squares and parks.

We have selected twenty projects of different scales, ranging from large squares to small interventions, demonstrating that a good design is fundamental to achieving vibrant and dynamic spaces regardless of the size.

Henning G. Kruses Plads / BIG

Henning G. Kruses Plads / BIG. Photo: © Rasmus Hjortshøj
Diagram – Henning G. Kruses Plads / BIG
Henning G. Kruses Plads / BIG. Photo: © Rasmus Hjortshøj

Little Island Park / Heatherwick Studio

Little Island Park / Heatherwick Studio. Photo: © Timothy Schenck
Plan (spring) – Little Island Park / Heatherwick Studio
Little Island Park / Heatherwick Studio. Photo: © Timothy Schenck

Sports Complex in Sant Francesc Xavier / MCEA (Manuel Costoya Estudio de Arquitectura)

Sports Complex in Sant Francesc Xavier / MCEA (Manuel Costoya Estudio de Arquitectura). Photo: © Gonzalo Ballester Rosique
Plan – Sports Complex in Sant Francesc Xavier / MCEA (Manuel Costoya Estudio de Arquitectura)
Sports Complex in Sant Francesc Xavier / MCEA (Manuel Costoya Estudio de Arquitectura). Photo: © Gonzalo Ballester Rosique

Tenri Station Plaza CoFuFun / nendo

Tenri Station Plaza CoFuFun / nendo. Photo: © Takumi Ota
Sketch – Tenri Station Plaza CoFuFun / nendo
Tenri Station Plaza CoFuFun / nendo. Photo: © Daichi Ano

White Upland Installation / Wutopia Lab

White Upland Installation / Wutopia Lab. Photo: © CreatAR Images

White Upland Installation / Wutopia Lab. Photo: © CreatAR Images

Confluence Park / Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys Design

Confluence Park / Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys Design. Photo: © Casey Dunn
Diagram – Confluence Park / Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys Design
Confluence Park / Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys Design. Photo: © Casey Dunn

Veranda in Shanghai / ppas + tf Architecture Office

Veranda in Shanghai / ppas + tf Architecture Office. Photo: © SHEN-PHOTO
Sections and elevations – Veranda in Shanghai / ppas + tf Architecture Office
Veranda in Shanghai / ppas + tf Architecture Office. Photo: © SHEN-PHOTO

Urban Redevelopment of Marechal Deodoro Square / Sotero Arquitetos

Urban Redevelopment of Marechal Deodoro Square / Sotero Arquitetos. Photo: © Tarso Figueira
Plan – Urban Redevelopment of Marechal Deodoro Square / Sotero Arquitetos
Urban Redevelopment of Marechal Deodoro Square / Sotero Arquitetos. Photo: © Tarso Figueira

School La Pau Square / Leku Studio

School La Pau Square / Leku Studio. Photo: © DEL RIO BANI
Isometric Projection – School La Pau Square / Leku Studio
School La Pau Square / Leku Studio. Photo: © DEL RIO BANI

Bus Terminal and Urban Renovation in São Luís / Natureza Urbana

Bus Terminal and Urban Renovation in São Luís / Natureza Urbana. Photo: © Meireles Junior
Plan – Bus Terminal and Urban Renovation in São Luís / Natureza Urbana
Bus Terminal and Urban Renovation in São Luís / Natureza Urbana. Photo: © Meireles Junior

Urban Redevelopment of Church Square / Paulo Vieitas + Alexandre Picanço (in Portuguese)

Requalificação urbana do largo da Igreja / Paulo Vieitas + Alexandre Picanço. Photo: © Paulo Prata
Plan – Requalificação urbana do largo da Igreja / Paulo Vieitas + Alexandre Picanço
Requalificação urbana do largo da Igreja / Paulo Vieitas + Alexandre Picanço. Photo: © Paulo Prata

ṣiré (Xirê) Temporary Installation / Greco Design

ṣiré (Xirê) Temporary Installation / Greco Design. Photo: © Rafael Motta
Sketch – ṣiré (Xirê) Temporary Installation / Greco Design
ṣiré (Xirê) Temporary Installation / Greco Design. Photo: © Rafael Motta

Rodda Lane Intervention / Sibling Architecture

Rodda Lane Intervention / Sibling Architecture. Photo: © Peter Bennetts
Plan – Rodda Lane Intervention / Sibling Architecture
Rodda Lane Intervention / Sibling Architecture. Photo: © Peter Bennetts

Last Chance for a Slow Dance Covered Public Space / Behark

Last Chance for a Slow Dance Covered Public Space / Behark. Photo: © Mikel Ibarluzea
Exploded Axonometric – Last Chance for a Slow Dance Covered Public Space / Behark
Last Chance for a Slow Dance Covered Public Space / Behark. Photo: © Mikel Ibarluzea

Songzhuang Micro Community Park / Crossboundaries

Songzhuang Micro Community Park / Crossboundaries. Photo: © Yu Bai
Axonometric Projection – Songzhuang Micro Community Park / Crossboundaries
Songzhuang Micro Community Park / Crossboundaries. Photo: © Yu Bai

Playground Landscapes at Santa María Mazzarello Square / HDH arquitectos

Playground Landscapes at Santa María Mazzarello Square / HDH arquitectos. Photo: © David Zarzoso
Plan – Playground Landscapes at Santa María Mazzarello Square / HDH arquitectos
Playground Landscapes at Santa María Mazzarello Square / HDH arquitectos. Photo: © David Zarzoso

Vårbergstoppen Playground Spheres / AndrénFogelström

Vårbergstoppen Playground Spheres / AndrénFogelström. Photo: © Clément Morin
Section – Vårbergstoppen Playground Spheres / AndrénFogelström
Vårbergstoppen Playground Spheres / AndrénFogelström. Photo: © Clément Morin

Kokage-gumo Pavilion / junya ishigami + associates

Kokage-gumo Pavilion / junya ishigami + associates. Photo: Courtesy of Junya Ishigami + associates
Plan – Kokage-gumo Pavilion / junya ishigami + associates
Kokage-gumo Pavilion / junya ishigami + associates. Photo: Courtesy of Junya Ishigami + associates

Huentitán Natural Park / SPRB Arquitectos

Huentitán Natural Park / SPRB Arquitectos. Photo: © César Béjar Studio
Plan – Huentitán Natural Park / SPRB Arquitectos
Huentitán Natural Park / SPRB Arquitectos. Photo: © César Béjar Studio

Minor Paradises / studiolibani + #civilarchitectureorg

Minor Paradises / studiolibani + #civilarchitectureorg. Photo: Courtesy of Civil Architecture x studiolibani
Diagram – Minor Paradises / studiolibani + #civilarchitectureorg
Minor Paradises / studiolibani + #civilarchitectureorg. Photo: © Edmund Sumner

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