Urban Furniture: 16 Amazing Projects of Parks and Squares Around the World

These squares definitely fleeing combination bandstand, church and ice cream parlor. Meet 16 parks and street furniture projects around the world that rely on community gardens, water utilization system, grass steps and more:

1- Metropol Parasol | Seville, Spain

Designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann, the Metropol Parasol has 150 × 70 meters wide and 26 meters high, which is considered the world’s largest wooden structure. The work consists of six umbrellas in the shape of mushrooms, whose design is inspired by the cathedral vaults of Seville and typical trees of the square Cristo de Burgos, important elements in the architecture of Spain.

2 Dune | Paris, France

The design studio Ferpect was the winner of the Design Biennial of Street Furniture in Paris in 2011. The wooden structures shaped dunes (sand hills formed by the wind) are reconfigurable and can be rearranged in tables, shelves and banks, all according to the needs of users at the moment.

3- Lentspace | New York, United States

The Lentspace was conceived as a space for events, exhibitions of sculptures, photographs and as a nursery for plants. There is also a wooden movable wall that can be opened at different angles to work as stalls or panels to display.

The intention is to offer the Lentspace activity and occupation to an idle land in New York until the final project to be implemented is ready.

4- Park Marina | Barcelona, ​​Spain

The project was built around the Riera de Saint Climent river, in order to retrieve it and deliver a sustainable hydraulic system to collect rainwater and use it for irrigation naturally. Thus, the river has been transformed into an urban park, with a restored native vegetation and covered parts transformed into boulevards.

5- Nessie | Bologna, Italy

Designed by the Italian office BScape, street furniture Nessie can be used as a rest area, leisure, seat and a water fountain. The intention is to establish new functions in outdoor life in the urban environment.

6- Place the Change | Saint-Etienne, France

After winning a competition Agency of Urban Planning of the city of Saint Etienne, the architects Collectif Etc began the participatory construction of the square Au Changement, where the inhabitants of the place assembled the furniture and planted flowers and trees. Before that, the place was a land unused for years.

7- Piazza Fontana in Quinto de Stampi | Rozzano, Italy

Piazza Fontana was designed as a multipurpose space for the residents of the village of Rozzano, Italy. The intention was to give identity to the space, even if the activity profile to be developed in the square were free. The site chosen for the construction of the square is formed by two land, an old car and an area with vegetation and the geometric pattern with the ratio of “Golden Rectangle” ensures balance, beauty and flexibility to space.

8 Piazza Istria | Florence, Italy

Designed by Studio Ferrara, space explores the use of natural stones of the Florence region. The Piazza Istria also has a covered porch, long benches of stone and wood, a source of drinking water and space for trees and plants in the vicinity. The LED lighting makes the space even more efficient and sustainable, offering varied uses of the square as a place of urban integration.

9- LUX Stahlhof Belval Ouest | Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Built where there was an old steel mill, the square LUX Stahlhof Belval Ouest is an example of an intelligent revival and brought life to an industrial area dominated by concrete. The new park, designed by the office  AllesWirdGut Architecture incorporates recreational areas and vegetation concentrated in “islands”, and use more rustic materials, such as steel and wood and integrate them into the old concrete.

10- Parking, City Market and Plaza Rubi | Rubi, Spain

The Market and the square are located right in the center of Rubi, Spain. The office authoring project MIAS Architects involved the reform of the market, an integrated parking and the creation of an open square where the public can attend and exhibitions market may also happen.

11- Banyoles, Spain

The revitalization project of the old Spanish city of Bayoles is also authored MIAS Architects. The damaged area was that pedestrians and vehicles circulate together in narrow and unpaved streets, while the irrigation canals of the city, which contained clean water ended up joining the sewer system.

The idea was to give identity to the region, renewing the central square and adjacent streets with travertine marble mosaics, found in abundance in the soil of the region, and returning the space to pedestrians. The irrigation canals were also treated and discovered at strategic points, in all, the process of renewal Bayoles took 10 years to complete.

12- The Longest Bench | West Sussex,
United Kingdom

Considered the largest UK bank, street furniture built by Studio Weave has 324 meters long and it is able to house up to 300 people seated. Situated in Littlehampton coast, the project enlisted the help of a local school students to think about concepts and materials, such as the covered part on the image above and the wooden slats in neon colors.

13. Place of Human Rights | Tremblay-en-France, France

The Square of Human Rights was built in a neighborhood emerged in the 80s in the city of Tremblay-en-France. In addition to small gardens, the space of 4000 square meters also features LED lighting, collection system and water use and home community public events in the city.

14- Piazza Vittorio | Nickel, Italy

The project Piazza Vittorio is part of the revitalization of the central Italian city, which sought to unify their traditional values ​​with modernity, highlighting both the metal structures and for the architecture around which includes works such as the old town hall and Holy Trinity Church.

15- Lungolago Di Lesa | Lesa, Italy

The Lungolago is part of the revitalization initiative surrounding the lake Lesa, in northern Italy. As a continuous boardwalk, the project aims to restore and recover significant elements, such as flora and provision of street furniture along the river.

Located in the city entrance, walkway also received the increase of new material. As a public space, should follow the rules of the Ministry of Environment of the country, which states that projects must have at least 30% recyclable source inputs. Among corten steel, granite and blue LED tapes, Lungolago assumes a linear and geometric shape in direct contact with the road.

16- Måløv Axis | Ballerup, Denmark

Designed by studios ADEPT and LiWplanning the Måløv Axis park was the Danish Landscape Award winner in 2010. The intention of the project is to integrate architecture and the natural landscape of the place, marked by shaped valleys and planned by glaciers during the Ice Age.

The park also connects two distinct areas of the city of Ballerup, that were isolated and without integration due to heavy city traffic.

The list is still somewhat Eurocentric, but do not worry: investment in parks, squares and sustainable and collective urban furniture also is coming here in Brazil. Enjoy and discover the project of  St. Vincent de Paul Square , in Minas Gerais.