A Former Parking Lot Has Been Converted Into A Green Oasis In Shanghai


Photo by URBAN MATTERS by MINI, CreatAR Images

 

Located in Shanghai, China a whimsical pop-up garden called Urban Bloom is providing a green sanctuary among the city’s grayness.

 


Photo by URBAN MATTERS by MINI, CreatAR Images

 

Designed by AIM Architecture in partnership with car brand MINI’s URBAN MATTERS program, which aims to repurpose urban spaces, the garden has replaced a parking lot with a human-centered refuge. Out of a desire to ensure there remain spaces for enjoyment, relaxation, and nature among the skyscrapers and traffic lights that flood our cities today, Urban Bloom was built. 

 


Photo by URBAN MATTERS by MINI, CreatAR Images

 

Intriguing balloon-like shapes float above the garden, full with green foliage to create the effect of leaves hanging from a tree. Their shape and internal lights create playful shadows and forms on the areas below. The entire courtyard is decorated with flowers, vegetation, and plantings — giving visitors the sense that they are relaxing amoung the greenery in park rather than a parking lot.

 


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People are encouraged to embrace and use the space in their own ways. Whether one chooses to stop by for a nap or to socialize with friends after school it’s the individual behaviors and diverse energies that the designers believe will define the garden’s personality.

 


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The neighborhood is a popular residential area with lots of shops, offices, restaurants, and schools — making the Anfu Road location an ideal space for a community plot. Shanghai’s mix of scale and tendency to pair three story homes with massive structures on the same block make the pop-up all the more fascinating.  It shows that that original city does not need to be deconstructed to create something new. Thanks to low-impact methods, the space proves that it’s possible to create something new out of nothing.

 


Photo by URBAN MATTERS by MINI, CreatAR Images

 


Photo by URBAN MATTERS by MINI, CreatAR Images

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