One man’s view of a bustling city street is another man’s vision for a chill spot to kick back with a good book. Pop Up Parks are appearing in Stockholm, thanks to an inviting and summery design by Tengbom. The sorbet-colored park on Humlegårdsgatan is already attracting city dwellers who appreciate a respite from the city rush.
Humlegårdsgatan was once seen as a noisy and dirty means to get from point A to point B, but that was before the Gamla Liv-commissioned Pop Up Park appeared. Tengbom architect Åse Larsson said, “We wanted to brighten it up, give it air and add places to pause – rather than simply pass by. A room to live in.” Visitors are giving positive feedback for the space, comparing it to New York’s High Line.
Wooden platforms painted pink and mint green are assembled in varying heights, allowing passersby to relax amidst the area’s popular shopping destinations. All car traffic is halted while the park is open, effectively slowing down the tempo of the street. As the popularity for such parks continues to rise, Tengbom hopes the city will be open to expanding the project to even more areas. This summer four more Pop Up Parks are expected to open, which may eventually grow into permanent oases.
Images via Tekla Evelina Severin