Angove Street Offcut Parklet
Submitted by: NOMA* (Simon Venturi)
Contact the designer: www.nomastudio.com.au
The Angove Street Offcut Parklet reclaims parking bays along a town centre streetscape for use as a sculptural micro public space using salvaged timer offcuts.
The Whole Story
Located on Angove Street, North Perth in-front of Future Shelter our Angove Street Offcut Parklet was commissioned as part of the City of Vincent's Parklet program. This important initiative investigates transferring responsibility for the maintenance of public space to adjacent businesses in exchange for greater control over its use. Parking bays along town centre streets are reclaimed for use as micro public spaces. Our Parklet used a large volume of timber off-cuts generated from another larger project we were working on at the time, that being the Sorrento Quay Boardwalk Performance Deck project at Hillarys Boat Harbour. One public space has therefore contributed to the formation of another, embedding a layering of ideas and meaning to the project. The use of salvaged timber off-cuts, which would otherwise have been placed in landfill but have significant re-usable value, reflects a commitment to recycling and sustainability. The timber is arranged in a sculptural stacked form reflecting its condition when first viewed on the Performance Deck construction site. Folded aluminium planters containing native plants are also interspersed throughout the Parklet to establish a functional space which also makes a strong sculptural contribution to the existing streetscape. The Parklet was constructed by Buckingham Re-Development Company in a workshop and transported to site to minimise the disruption to adjacent businesses. This streetscape activation project has been received warmly by the local community and generated significant interest proving small projects can have an impact as well as make a significant contribution to local communities. We view the project as a prototype with significant unexplored potential. The ideas explored are transferable and scalable to the way we consider, manage, maintain and ultimately use our wider public realm.