Spiral Garden – ROTTERDAM
Observatorium tries to use the invitation to participate in a temporary festival to create a a lasting positive impact on a pour public park in the city center of Rotterdam. Lijnbaan ZigZagCity is a new architecture festival in the modernist heart of Rotterdam; a route through the city centre connecting well-known squares, streets and buildings as well as hidden courtyards and alleyways. A range of activities took place during the first two weeks of the 2012 International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.The Lijnbaan area is internationally renowned as a highlight of the modernist post-war reconstruction period. At the same time, there are many hidden locations in this area that are hardly ever used. ZigZagCity welcomes citizens and tourists to explore the locations that often remain unnoticed. Place-making In the original plan from the 1950's for the Lijnbaan area, the Lijnbaanhoven (courtyards) were conceived as city gardens for the residents of the surrounding flats as well as for shoppers. It designed as a place to relax and escape the bustle of the city centre. But almost everbody refers to these treasures as 'those undefined and orphaned pieces of plantation'. They are more shrubberies than nice little parks, and they don't have the privacy and tranquillity of courts. But they do have a lot of potential – the Lijnbaanhoven could be transformed into beautiful city gardens. Observatorium tries to use the invitation to participate in a temporary festival to create a lasting positive impact on a pour public park, that only satisfies dog owners. This aim means developing sculpture that is be considered an improvement of the park and a tool to to talk to residents, owners and the public space agency of the city. Sculpture, horses and windows Observatorium turns the area into a welcoming place for residents, tourists, shoppers and workers.
location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands