Located in a natural setting, like a pavilion in the woods, the building is both introverted and extroverted: each space has a relationship either to the internal courtyard or to the surrounding woodland and greenery, while certain moments provide views of Glasgow beyond. With a flat roof and floor levels that respond to the natural topography, the rooms vary in height, with the more intimate areas programmed for private uses such as counselling, and more open and spacious zones for communal use. More than any other space, the internal courtyard provides a place of sanctuary and respite.
The exhibition ‘Firemen walk with us’ confronts the risk-adverse behavior that currently characterizes our society. When it comes to the temporary use of vacant buildings, fire safety is one of the major obstacles to be overcome. After sunset visitors are invited to discover the dark Eiffel building in Maastricht. By creating a landscape of fire in this deserted architectural icon, Maastricht’s Fire Department and Rietveld Landscape show that the thousands of vacant properties offer far more possibilities for use, than one would expect.
The present state of the selected sites includes dominant traffic infrastructure (vast parking lots) and the railroad as a barrier. There is no public space and sparse green can be found. The problems that rise from here are: non-attractiveness of the space, decreased feeling of safety, and environmental problems, such as non-permeable soil and disturbed microclimate. Intervention in these areas encompasses reorganization of parking lots (moving underground), which leaves the ground free for people and for public spaces. This space is used for establishing green structures that improve the environmental condition, and provide people with necessary contact with nature and room for socialization. The areas of intervention are mainly large centers with a high number of commuters.
StudioOutside is leading a comprehensive team in the redevelopment master planning for Galveston Island State Park. Ravaged by Hurricane Ike, the park is a dynamic environmental remnant of the Texas barrier island system that offers the full “bay to beach” experience. The master plan infuses a holistic approach to habitat restoration, visitor experience, recreation, and economic sustainability. The diversity of Galveston Island State Park (GISP) is like none other on the Texas coast. Showcasing a complex mosaic of coastal dunes, strand prairies, and salt marsh, the park is a dynamic environmental remnant of the Texas barrier island system, offering an unparalleled “beach to bay” experience that is no longer attainable elsewhere on the island.