BK parking lot
BK pavement site consists of the south-east side of the BK building, where the car parking area and the Bouwpub are located. This space is characterized by a vast paved area, which increases the heat island effect. On the other hand, limited opportunities for rainwater infiltration are putting more pressure on the sewer system. Replacing tiles with plants and creating space for nature will counter these problems while providing several benefits for the environment. The team took, after a small analysis, immediate action, de-paving some spots in order to experiment with the surfaces. The design proposal for this site gathers seven spots and suggests different de-paving and greening actions. From faced and bench gardens to lamp post green stepping stones, all designs consist of taking the hard, solid pavement out and create the condition for plants to grow, according to the ‘art of letting grow’ strategy.
After the general design proposal, one area was chosen to construct and implement the idea and that was the facade and bench garden in the south-east corner of the BK building. There, an extensive surface was de-paved and a planting scheme was held, with perennial and annual plants that will grow, creating a pleasant environment to sit and giving a new genius loci to this empty space.