New Ideas For Parking Spots

  • You all know PARK(ing) Day, the annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. “But why only parks?” the people of Berlin-based Stiftung Freizeit must have asked themselves. Their Labplatz project explores new ideas and concepts for temporary occupation of parking spots in the city.

    Seeing the street as a communication platform, the architects of Stiftung Freizeit want to open spaces for action, participation and exchange. In collaboration with the BMW Guggenheim Lab, currently located in Berlin, the collective organized one day of transformation of car parking spaces in Prenzlauer Berg into spaces for everyone. The results are pretty diverse, ranging from swimming pools to pop-up dance floors and a power-nap space (my personal favorite).

    The statement the Labplatz project wants to make here has obviously to do with reclaiming public space from cars. Nevertheless, you can ask yourself the question whether a parking spot is the best place for a dance floor or children’s swimming pool…