HQ Architects developed a public installation that offers an artistic aesthetic to the environment through playfully responsive design. The Warde project, located in Jerusalem’s Vallero Square–an urban area that’s in poor condition–is being given a set of towering flower sculptures, big enough to draw the gaze of the entire plaza. Rather than fighting against the marketplace’s metropolitan nature, designers wanted to work in harmony with the municipality.
These giant blossoms are motion-activated, which means that they bloom when pedestrians walk by or when trolleys arrive. To perfectly describe their installation, HQ Architects says, “The urban space suddenly reacts to the people using it.” People can also utilize the flowers for shade from the sun or for light when nighttime approaches. And once the square is no longer bustling with people, the flowers wilt and close, their vibrant petals resting until the next surge of activity within their vicinity encourage them to bloom once more.
All images via Dor Kedmi.