A disused park in Budapest has been reinvigorated thanks to a Pop-Up Park installation by Hello Wood, which includes unique street furniture and play equipment in an array of vibrant colours that promotes community mingling.
Hello Wood has revived its highly-successful POP-UP Park, bringing a touch of vibrancy to an underused square in downtown Budapest. Having built the structures in the summer of 2017, the park has returned one year later to provide “a democratic space for all social groups embedded within the everyday movement of the city”.
Open 24 hours a day, the park acts as a free-to-use space for people from all walks of life. Supported by the Municipality of Budapest, the scheme is situated in a frequented though empty spot beside the Budapest City Hall.
The park consists of a series of curved, wooden structures that provide ample space to sit or lie in the summer sun. The vibrant palette combines with palm plants and olive trees to add a splash of colour to an otherwise dull, cobblestone square.
Sail shades have been added to the scheme to provide respite from the city’s intense summer sun, addressing the lack of tree shade. Solar panels provided by Hungarian start-up Platio provide the means for nomadic workers to plug in laptops or leisurely tourists to recharge phones. After sunset, strings of quaint evening lighting maintain a cosy environment against the darkness.
Referencing Budapest’s upcoming status as 2019’s European Capital of Sport, this year’s edition also features sporting equipment including workout equipment provided by HardBodyHang, ping pong, and Tegball, a Hungarian invention combining table tennis and football. The addition allows the park to transition between a place of leisure and a functional hub for health of fitness.
The POP-UP Park will be open until October 2018.