BITPARK is a unique architectural pavilion designed to help cities re-connect with urban blue spaces via a modulated floor on the water.
BitPark was designed and co-founded by design studio MAYCOTTE + COULSON.
MAYCOTTE + COULSON is a design collaborative between architects Marco Antonio Maycotte and Alexander Coulson formed around the project BitPark. The collaboration began as an informal exploration into the potential of water as a unifying public space for cities. From the collaboration a formal project developed with the aim of challenging cities to up-their-game in regards to the use of urban blue spaces.
‘’Our collaboration began from a concern for our cities, as well as a concern for the environment. We recognize we have big challenges and we want to make an impact in shaping our future. BitPark is an ambitious look at the relationship between cities and water. With it we are attempting to tackle critical issues like social cohesion in the face of raising diversity, and local sustainable food production in the age of food insecurity. We don’t simply want to find solutions to problems. We want to leverage opportunities found in the changing city to offer something better than what is there currently. We are pairing proven concepts of space with our generational grasp of technology and sustainability to bring about a paradigm shift in our cities.’’
BitPark is a merger of physical tangible space with the concepts and realities of technology. The project’s slogan ‘’Craft your space’’ is taken directly from Minecraft a popular computer game which falls under the Sandbox genre- where players create worlds according to their imaginations, in much the same way a child does when playing in a sandbox. The name BitPark is meant to represent this merger of digital and physical. ''Bit'' references the computational. A bit in the blockchain, for example. A bit also represents simply a small part which makes up a larger whole. ''Park'' on the other hand is very physical. It has to do with recreation and leisure. It is an ideal natural environment, shaped to the preferences of a city and its residents…
Special thanks: Thomas Stratmann