Dream of Nutcracker / Marija Cvejić, Sladjana Cvejić / Belgrade, Serbia / Лэнд-Арт объект
Purpose: Multifunctional, recreation, education, culture.
Concept of the project:
Basically, concept is artificial design set as result of social challenge for providing dynamic, enjoyable, multifunctional and overall safe environment for everyone where everything seems possible. Originally the idea started with desire for unveiling vivid, colorful almost surreal space where all possibilities intersect while, at the same time, drawing nature into playful ambient of childlike dream.
Pleasant afternoon for family to spend would require park area that provides more than just passive walk and proposed site seems perfect for design that offers much more. Fluently shaped path followed by benches, leads visitors through shaded green area, surrounded with spaces for active recreation and safe spaces for children, all the way to the mini- square completely open and oriented towards objects of heritage with monument as central element. Specific extension of this artificially shaped environment is auditorium, partly hidden and aimed for lectures, concerts and multimedia presentations. That way space is additionally activated for public events, but spatially it’s 3- dimensionally double challenged as artificial hill and space for children to play and for winter activities.
Technical description: Project covers entire surface of the proposed location. Represents both spatially and functionally activated area covered by materials such as concrete and wood with dominant green areas. The intention was to keep as much trees as possible, while creating artificial landscape solution that would provide users with possibility of choice during day, night and different periods of the year. Spaces would temporarily be activated with installation of recycled PVC balloons, mainly for children. Redwood or pine would be used for skating ramps without additional construction, landed directly on sand.
The estimated cost of the project: With having covered entire site costs highly exceeded cost proposal. Due to not having access to all material’s prices in Russia final price is not presented.
Dream of Nutcracker
Everything starts with a dream. The dream. Dream of perfection.
Perfect perception of things that surround us starts with an idea of space that brings all the fun, amusement, vividness, serenity and joy together and translates them into dynamic sketch that spatially shapes the dream into dreamlike reality for children and people alike.
Having premise for an artificial design that provides dynamic, enjoyable, multifunctional and overall safe environment for everyone where everything seems possible upgrades the efforts for creating ambient that brings certain amount of playful magic while balancing between strong heritage and futuristic human scaled design. Even though landscaping that is monumental in scale represents difficult environment socially, creating public realm with multiple functionalities opens entirely new way of perception of how built environment affects quality of people’s lives.
This perfect site opens possibilities for design imagined as:
- Visually created for people to not be aware of how big it is,
- Product that is extracting the most of available space,
- 3- dimensionally activated surface to create spaces pleasant for different groups of users,
- Precise respond to pedestrians as result of detecting motion and integrating it into design.
Every element / bench, path, grass field, fountain pool with monument/ is part of greater puzzle, and as such serves the function without detracting from the cohesiveness of the wider picture. Basic guidelines such as mobility and flexibility play significant role in meeting requested standards in terms of endurance and quality of design.
Composition as conceptual response to the brief visually and spatially opens towards traditional elements in the north. But, on the other side, from centrally positioned composition around monument paths lead to functionally shaped niches designed as pockets pleasant for people to gather and children to play in.
Permanent installations such as artificial hill or skating ramp with sufficient inclination for both winter and summer activities, water mirror surrounding monument, benches that curved follow the path, multimedia – performance auditorium make dynamic picture that can be enriched with temporary installations in practically all parts of the park. Balloons made of recycled PVC could encolor the space made and visually shaped from concrete, wood and all around green environment.