During Covid-19 most people have to stay at home and reduce outdoor activities. Many interesting behaviors appear such as: Balcony concerts, UAV walking dogs.etc. The way people using space has changed dramatically. In the past, the space between buildings is passive even ignored by people. But during this period, the outer window/balcony space become active even the communication space for neighbors.
Inspired by the video of Italy balcony tennis show, I come up with the idea of this removable table tennis board. Each board will be half part of a whole table which can be made by the thin film to reduce the self-weight.
This board can be printed with different patterns to suit different types of games(billiards, poker, table football, and so on). Surrounding the board can also attach nets to store missing balls so the balls miss catch won’t fall to the ground and hurt others.
The Grote Vissertijplein is a square in the heart of BoTu which holds the open market twice a week. The open market is an important activity for the neighborhood. The spatial program idea for this site is to create a function while compatible with the open market.
Right now the main users of the open markets are elder people, due to the opening time of the market we presume the users are mostly retirees, jobless, or stay at home parents. During the usual day, the site is occupied with stall equipment, and most are kids here use it as a playground.
Main user group of the open market:
Parents with kids
The potential user group of the site during usual time:
Kids from Park 1943, nearby schools, playgrounds
Users from the library
Users from WMO Rader
Residents in the neighborhood
The user of the site may vary from different time periods. In this way, the spatial program needs to be flexible and compatible with different functions and users.
The functions of the spatial program will contain street galleries, outdoor movies, hole neighborhood shows and events, transit storage, rest and chat space.
The flexible units can be used as a single space for small range events like chat and rest. Besides, the simple structure can be easily grouped into a bigger facility to compatible with more types of events but also can become the space divider to active the square space into different sections.
The example of flexible units( Pop-In, Pop-Out, Pop-Up: Collapsible Street Cinema Uses Film to Reflect on Soviet Russia in Venice)
The concept of the arrangement for the flexible units is related to the existing sculptures in the site. As the sculptures already separate the space instinctively, adding the units to combine with them can easily turn the square into few sections. In this way, the use of space can have more possibilities: besides the function of the unit itself the outer space turns into functional space as well.